‘SPYGATE’: Trump Blasts Russia Investigation and Alleged Spying on His Campaign

President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued his diatribe against what he says was a “spy” placed in his campaign to help Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, bashing intelligence officials for using an informant and saying it could amount to the biggest scandal in years.

The president began by blasting what he called the “Criminal Deep State” and the Russia investigation, claiming that his opponents are not caught up in a “major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before!”

Trump went on to quote Fox News Chief Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano supporting his claim that the FBI spied on his campaign. The president also posted a quote from former National Intelligence Director and CNN Contributor James Clapper, bashing him and saying that spying would be “illegal, and a scandal to boot!”

Wednesday’s presidential tweets came after Trump issued a duo of posts on the topic the night before, when he encouraged supporters to “Follow the money” to uncover the motives of the Obama administration which he accused of ordering the spy to be planted in his campaign.

He argued that Bernie Sanders was a victim of the same crime, leading to his defeat in the Democratic primaries leading up to the 2016 election.

The president’s most recent comments on the issue come on the heels of his decision to order the Justice Department to investigate the reports of the spy to determine any wrongdoing on the part of the FBI.

Despite Trump’s claims, however, it hasn’t been confirmed that there was a spy in his campaign, only that an informant was used to investigate his ties to Russia by speaking with campaign officials suspected of Russian links, a move more in line with appropriate tactics the FBI uses to look into potential foreign interference issues.

The president concluded his morning tweetstorm by suggesting hangups in trade negotiations with China, saying that U.S. officials will “probably have to use a different structure” to make progress on a deal with Chinese representatives.

He also touted upcoming changes he’d enact to roll back post-financial-crisis regulations on banks, as well as another bill to allow “Right-to-try” laws to take effect, enabling terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies in the hopes of a cure, despite not being fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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