Trump 'demands' probe of alleged spying on his campaign

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The department of justice inspector general will examine the informant's role as part of its ongoing review of the FBI's requests to a secretive court - under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - for permission to wiretap Page during the initial stages of investigation of Russian meddling.

Mr Trump also continued to assail special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe as a "Witch Hunt".

US Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein said action would be taken if any infiltration was found.

"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.

Mr Trump also implied that the special counsel investigation of whether foreign governments tried to influence the presidential campaign was created to hurt Republicans in the November congressional elections.

USA law enforcement is leading a special counsel investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and purported ties between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

Giuliani's apparent attempt to publicly pressure Mueller amid interview negotiations came just hours after Trump's demand for a new inquiry, which moved beyond his usual blustery accusations of institutional wrongdoing and into the realm of applying presidential pressure on the Justice Department, a move few of his predecessors have made.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "If the Federal Bureau of Investigation or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal".

He slammed the "failing and crooked" New York Times for a "long & boring story indicating that the World's most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russian Federation & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!"

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Trump 'demands' probe of alleged spying on his campaign

George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, was one of those contacted by the informant.

The informant - an American academic working in the United Kingdom - had made contact with George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, the report said.

The Washington Post reported the source met with Sam Clovis, the Trump campaign's co-chairman, to talk about relations with China, in addition to Page and Papadopoulos.

But an infiltration of a US presidential campaign by a hostile foreign power presented a grave national security threat of the highest order.

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller did not respond to a request for comment.

The president's outside lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told NPR that Mueller's office has told the president's legal team that the part of the investigation involving the president-both the question of obstruction and collusion-would conclude by September 1 if the much-debated interview with Trump takes place by mid-July.

"I mean, he's got to clean house in his agency", Giuliani said. "If there was an informant, we're entitled to know it". Giuliani, the former mayor of NY, also said that Mueller's team indicated that the entire probe could end by September, not just its investigation into potential obstruction of justice.

A number of Trump outside advisers - including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon - have stepped up their attacks on the Department of Justice, calling for it to release more documents to the White House while saying a confidential source has worked against Trump.

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