President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly pushed the claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on his campaign with an inside informant.
The New York Times reported separately this week that at least one government informant met several times with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, both former foreign policy advisers on Mr Trump's Republican campaign.
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters - a secret type of subpoena - officials said. That story did not say that the Obama administration had planted a spy within the Trump campaign. "If there's a spy, they got nothing from it".
The US president made the claim, without any supporting evidence, in a tweet following and earlier post describing the special counsel investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, "the greatest witch hunt in American history".
"I think what people need to look here at is they didn't have a criminal predicate to investigate people in the Trump campaign they did, and they used their counterintelligence powers as a pretext to investigate the Trump campaign in the hope of making a criminal case".
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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 has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt".
"If so, this is bigger than Watergate!" he tweeted.
Mr Trump's lawyers have been in negotiations with Mr Mueller's team for months about whether the president would sit for an interview. Since then, Trump has considered firing Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein - drawing parallels to the Watergate investigation more than four decades earlier, when Richard M. Nixon ordered his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire the special prosecutor investigating abuses in the 1972 presidential election. "It's about time to say, 'Enough, we've tortured this president enough'".More news: SC collegium fails to send judges' names
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