Trump Reveals DOJ is Investigating Whether His Phone Calls were Spied On
Investigators trying to determine if calls were monitored during 2016 election campaign
President Donald Trump has revealed that the Department of Justice is investigating possible secret monitoring of his phone calls during the 2016 election campaign.
According to Trump, investigators are trying to determine whether US intelligence agencies were illegally spying on him by tapping his calls.
Speaking to Fox News's "Hannity" on Wednesday, President Trump told host Sean Hannity that he believes the Democrats were "using intelligence agencies" to spy on his campaign to aide his rival Hillary Clinton.
The president added that, if the DOJ proves his theory to be correct, "it will be one of the great revelations in the history of this country."
According to Fox News, Trump condemned Democrats' ongoing hearings on collusion and obstruction as an attempt at a "do-over" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.
"Take a look at Ukraine," Trump said.
"How come the FBI didn't take the server from the DNC? Just think about that one, Sean."
That was a reference to the DNC's decision in 2016 to turn over its server to the private security firm Crowdstrike, rather than the FBI, after what prosecutors said was a Russian-led hack.
The Hill's John Solomon reported earlier Wednesday that the FBI, in search warrant affidavits, relied heavily on leaked Ukrainian financial documents concerning former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort -- even though the bureau was repeatedly warned that the documents were untrustworthy and likely fake.
Earlier this year, Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko opened a probe into the so-called "black ledger" files that led to Manafort's abrupt departure from the Trump campaign.
The investigation commenced after an unearthed audio recording showed that a senior Ukrainian anticorruption official apparently admitted to leaking Manafort's financial information in 2016 -- including his ties to pro-Russian actors in Ukraine -- to benefit Clinton.
A Ukrainian court recently ruled that the Manafort leak amounted to illegal interference in the U.S. election.
A 2017 investigation by Politico found that Ukrainian officials not only publicly sought to undermine Trump by questioning his fitness for office, but also worked behind the scenes to secure a Clinton victory.
....asking Hillary Clinton why she deleted and acid washed her Emails AFTER getting a subpoena from Congress? Anybody else would be in jail for that, yet the Dems refuse to even bring it up. Rigged House Committee— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2019
Trump told Hannity the episode was hardly surprising, given that the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC), through the firm Fusion GPS, funded British ex-spy Christopher Steele's creation of an unverified and largely discredited dossier.
The FBI went on to cite the dossier in secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court applications to surveil former Trump aide Carter Page.
"I think it's a disgrace," Trump said.
Numerous issues with the Steele dossier's reliability have surfaced, including several that were brought to the FBI's attention before it cited the dossier in its FISA application and subsequent renewals.
Mueller's report made plain, for example, that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen did not travel to Prague to conspire with Russian hackers seeking to access Democrat files, as the dossier alleged.
Mueller also was unable to substantiate the dossier's claims that Page had received a large payment relating to the sale of a share of Rosneft, a Russian oil giant.
"The fact is, they were spying on my campaign, using intelligence agencies to do it. ...
"We're trying to figure out whether they listened to my calls.
"That would be the ultimate. We'll see what happens. If that happens, we'll probably find out.
"If they spied on my campaign and they may have, it will be one of the great revelations in the history of this country.
"It will be very interesting. I think we're gonna find out."
Trump said Attorney General Bill Barr is working "very hard" to get to the bottom the matter.