President Donald Trump said he was not involved in the Justice Departments decision to expand their review of the surveillance of the Trump campaign into a criminal investigation.
News of the departments decision to open a criminal probe into the origins of the Obama administrations counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign was first reported by the New York Times and the Associated Press on Thursday. U.S. Attorney John Durham had been reviewing the FBIs counterintelligence investigation since May this year.
Trump, who has been an outspoken critic of the intelligence communitys decision to investigate his campaign for ties with Russia in 2016, told “America This Week” that Durhams decision to open the investigation was “not his mandate.”
“Im not involved in it from the standpoint of its not my mandate,” Trump said. “But its obviously Bill Barrs mandate. Hes a great attorney general and a lot of terrible things, I would say, happened and theyre going to find out.”
Trump said that he thinks Durham will “find a lot” in his criminal probe that would support the presidents previous claims that the previous administration was targeting him during the last presidential election.
He also refused to comment on the speculation that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan could be called as witnesses to testify in investigation, but said he thought that they were “very bad people” and “very bad for the country.”
“Well see what they find, whatever they find they find. There were a lot of others too. You look at [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe, you look at [former FBI Director James] Comey,” Trump said, adding that “it probably went all the way to the top.”
On Friday, when taking a question from a reporter at the White House, Trump said he believes people are going to see “a lot of really bad things” eventuate from the investigation.
“I cant tell you whats happening but I can tell you this: I think youre going to see a lot of really bad things, a lot of people think that and they know they have problems because they were very dishonest. I leave it all up to the attorney general and I leave it all up to the people working with the attorney general who I dont know,” Trump said.
There are currently no details as to what potential crimes are being investigated and when the inquiry turned into a criminal one. As a formal criminal investigation, Durhams team is afforded the ability to issue subpoenas, impanel a grand jury, compel witnesses to give testimony, and bring federal criminal charges.
The FBIs counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign was launched in late July 2016 and eventually evolved into the former special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Russia collusion. Muellers probe, which ended earlier this year, found that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and his associateRead More – Source