Trump to meet Rosenstein and Wray to ‘demand’ FBI informant probe


President Donald Trump will meet Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday afternoon, one day after he demanded a probe into whether the FBI improperly “infiltrated or surveilled” his 2016 presidential campaign team for political reasons.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the meeting was set to take place and described it as “routine,” but Sanders did say that Trump’s demand would likely come up.

On Sunday, Trump made public his frustration on Twitter, saying that he planned to order the investigation on Monday.

After the president’s tweet, the Justice Department then moved to ask its inspector general to look into Trump’s allegations.

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,” Rosenstein said in a statement.

In a further statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said that the inspector general would review the FISA application in a bid to understand whether there were political motivations behind the FBI’s investigation of suspected Russian collusion in the 2016 election.

The New York Times reported that the FBI used an informant to approach Trump campaign aides on three occasions during its investigation, citing anonymous sources. The publication made clear that this informant did not infiltrate the campaign or suggest that the individual acted illegally—despite the developing narrative among the president’s allies.

Congressional Republicans have been seeking access to classified documents on the informant, and earlier this month the Justice Department rejected a request for the information from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

Nunes was told that disclosing the information “can risk severe consequences, including potential loss of human lives.”

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.