President Trump on Friday tweeted that there was “at least one FBI representative implanted” in his 2016 campaign “for political purposes.”
Countering Trump’s claim, the New York Times reported that the FBI had the informant contact campaign advisers “only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign.”
The Washington Post notes, citing sources, that the informant, a retired American academic, interacted with three Trump campaign officials – Carter Page, Sam Clovis, and George Papadopoulos.
Further, the Post says, “There is no evidence to suggest someone was planted with the campaign,” as asserted by Trump.
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Both the Post and the Times say they have learned about the source’s identity but are not releasing the name as that could “endanger his or his contacts.”
In the recent past, Trump has posted multiple tweets about the FBI informant.
“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump wrote on Friday. "It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all-time biggest political scandal!"
And in a tweet on Thursday, Trump stated, “Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.’ Andrew McCarthy says, ’There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.’ If so, this is bigger than Watergate!”