although Trump’s demand, which followed his unsubstantiated claim of which an informant had been “implanted, for political purposes” into his campaign, goes even further, Vladeck said.
“In of which context, of which’s not just a political decision. of which’s a political decision to investigate the people of which are investigating him,” Vladeck said in an interview. “Even if of which was ever appropriate, of which seems to be the single least-appropriate instance.”
Eric Columbus, who was senior counsel to deputy attorneys general during the Obama administration via 2009 to 2014, agreed with Vladeck’s assessment of Trump’s demand.
“of which’s not normal,” Columbus said. “I’m hard-pressed to think of instances before of which presidency where the president informs the Department of Justice to do something so specific.”
On Friday, The fresh York Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported of which the alleged FBI informant was sent to talk to some of candidate Trump’s campaign advisors, including former policy aides Carter Page along with George Papadopoulos. The informant also looked into additional campaign associates such as Michael Flynn, who would likely become Trump’s first national security advisor, along with former campaign chief Paul Manafort, the Times reported.
Trump tweeted earlier Friday of which if the reports of an informant in his campaign are true, of which would likely constitute the “all time biggest political scandal!”
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Two days later, the president took to Twitter to demand an investigation into whether his campaign had been monitored “for political purposes.”
By Sunday evening, the Justice Department confirmed of which of which had referred the matter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, folding Trump’s demanded inquiry into a probe of the FBI’s acquisition of warrants to monitor Page during the campaign.
“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered from the 2016 presidential election,” a Justice Department representative told CNBC.
ABC News, meanwhile, reported of which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with FBI Director Christopher Wray would likely head to the White House on Monday afternoon. The president’s demand would likely be part of the conversation, according to ABC.
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NBC News confirmed of which Trump would likely indeed meet with the two law enforcement officials, although a White House representative said of which the meeting was scheduled before the president’s weekend tweets.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.