Clapper: 'It's A Good Thing' FBI Was Spying On Trump Campaign

The meeting took place 100 days before Donald Trump was elected

"At least one" USA government informant met with Trump campaign officials in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The theory was given more fuel Wednesday by a line in a New York Times story, which said "at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos", referring to Trump campaign aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

This morning's Trump tweet confirms that the intended audience for that statement was watching.

Speaking Thursday on Fox and Friends, the former NY mayor said Mr Trump would only sit down with Mr Mueller if "we feel there's a way to shorten this thing".

Mr Trump - as well as his attorney Rudy Guiliani and White House officials - have seized on the matter to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. "Sorry to the Fake News Media and 'Haters, ' but that's the way it is!"

Giuliani has been urging Mueller's team to wrap up the investigation now that the probe has reached the one-year mark.

Trump's lawyers have been in negotiations with Mueller's team for months about whether the president would sit for an interview.

"If it is true that they put a spy - or two - inside the Trump campaign, it is not different from Watergate, except it is Democrats doing it to Republicans, rather than Republicans doing it to Democrats", Giuliani said.

Clapper admitted the Federal Bureau of Investigation "may have had someone who was talking to them in the campaign", referring to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

So far, the special counsel's office has charged 19 people - including four Trump campaign advisers - and three Russian companies.

The Justice Department continues to push back against the document requests, the report says, citing the danger to the source and the ongoing nature of the investigation.

After combing through the anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton text messages exchanged by FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, McCarthy noted that the texts show "that they obviously opened an investigation late July, early August of 2016".

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