Trump: If FBI spied on my campaign, 'bigger than Watergate!'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lent credence today to reports that FBI informants had infiltrated his presidential campaign, saying that "if so, this is bigger than Watergate!"
Trump made the comment on the anniversary of Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to head the Justice Department investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump campaign official. Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt."
"Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI 'SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT,'" Trump tweeted. "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!"
McCarthy, a contributing editor at the National Review, wrote an article published last week headlined "Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?"
The New York Times reported separately this week at least one government informant met several times with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, both former foreign policy advisers on Trump's Republican campaign. The newspaper attributed the information to current and former FBI officials.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said if the reports are proved true, "it should certainly be looked into."
The Watergate scandal in the early 1970s occurred after a break-in by five men at Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington and subsequent attempts by the administration of President Richard Nixon to hide its involvement. Nixon, a Republican, ultimately resigned from office as a result of the ensuing investigation.
Meanwhile, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said that the president still wants to testify in the Russia probe.