Sometimes, the plain-spoken president of the United States simply outdoes himself in bluntness.
President Trump woke up early Friday morning and wrote a post on Twitter saying his 2016 campaign was spied on and warning those responsible that “long jail sentences” could be in their futures.
“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!” Trump tweeted.
Trump also posted another tweet saying “New Fox Poll: 58% of people say that the FBI broke the law in investigating Donald J. Trump,” citing “Fox and Friends.”
“A majority (58 percent) thinks it is at least somewhat likely the FBI broke the law when it first started investigating the Trump campaign: 24 percent say ‘extremely’ likely, 14 percent ‘very’ likely and 20 percent ‘somewhat’ likely. Republicans (77 percent) are 35 points more likely than Democrats (42 percent) to believe there is at least a chance illegal activity happened,” Fox News reported.
Attorney General William Barr testified before Congress in March that intelligence agencies spied on the Trump campaign in 2016. “I think spying did occur,” Barr told lawmakers. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.” Barr did not say who did the spying or who was spied on.
The “predicate” Barr referred to is a warrant from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, which hears classified testimony collected by U.S. intelligence agencies and then decides whether to take action. A Justice Department inspector general probe is currently investigating the issuance of several warrants that involved surveilling members of the Trump campaign, or officials tangentially connected with the campaign.
“I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance,” Barr testified.
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Friday, Barr said Americans must know “exactly what happened” with counterintelligence agencies during the 2016 election. The Attorney General has ordered a full investigation into the matter.
“The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information,” Barr told “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer during a visit to El Salvador for meetings with law enforcement officials.
“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he said.
“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities. He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it — the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants.”
Barr also said it’s important “to find out what the government was doing during that period,” since little is known at this point.
“I’ve been trying to get answers to questions and I found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate. And I’ve also found that some of the explanations I’ve gotten don’t hang together,” Barr said.