The US Justice Department has begun investigating whether the department or the FBI “infiltrated or surveilled” President Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The department has asked its internal watchdog, the Office of the Inspector General, to expand its current inquiry into the surveillance of a former official in Trump’s campaign to include the questions raised by the president.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ordered the inquiry on Monday after Trump demanded on Sunday that the Justice Department investigate whether the department or the FBI spied on his campaign at the behest of the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Trump made the order on Twitter during a day of public venting about the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is probing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election to sway the votes in Trump’s favor.
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially…