In a series of tweets posted on Sunday, US President Donald Trump attacked the FBI's Russian Federation probe and announced that he would demand that the Justice Department investigate a possible Federal Bureau of Investigation infiltration of his presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September. And The Washington Post later reported that same source also met with Trump's campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis.
"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's statement said.
Shortly after the tweet, the department of justice announced it had asked its inspector general, an internal but autonomous investigator, to expand an ongoing review to "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election".
The informant - an American academic working in the United Kingdom - had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the report said.
It's a good case study in how outlandish theories created to discredit the Mueller investigation and bolster Trump's position travel from the fringes to the White House.
There was also concern among Trump-aligned lawmakers that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn may be trying to "water down" the president's position as a way of avoiding a potential crisis over highly sensitive materials that the Justice Department has always been wary of releasing, according to one person close to those Republicans.
The Justice Department said the White House had signed off on its letter, but Nunes wasn't satisfied, and continued to pressure the department.
There was speculation from United States media commentators that Mr Trump's demand was an attempt to force senior justice officials into resigning.
Mr. Trump added in his tweet on Sunday that he will ask DOJ to investigate whether any potential surveillance was ordered "by people within the Obama administration!" None consider that these agencies could have been attempting the hard task of investigating Russia's meddling in the campaign on Trump's behalf without improperly influencing the election by revealing the probe.
Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on Nunes" panel, tweeted Sunday that "Trump's claim of an embedded "spy' is nonsense". News, CNN, and the Washington Post have coverage.
Mueller is mandated to investigate the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation. Wittes accused Trump of attempting to derail an investigation into his conduct.
Over the past year, Mueller's team has brought charges against 19 individuals, including several Trump campaign associates, and three Russian entities, notched five guilty pleas and seen one person sentenced.
But Mr Trump and his supporters have multiplied their attacks on the special counsel's work.