President Trump said Friday that reports the FBI embedded a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign may be true, and said such a revelation would be the “all time biggest political scandal.”
“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true - all time biggest political scandal!” Trump tweeted.
The president seemed to be referencing a column from National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, which discussed Senate testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson about the FBI having a “human source” inside the Trump campaign.
Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017 that Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who was behind the Trump dossier, told him the FBI had an informant embedded in the campaign. According to McCarthy’s column, Simpson retracted his statement and said he mischaracterized what Steele told him.
Trump made the reference to the alleged FBI informant in a tweet Thursday, which marked the one-year anniversary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to oversee the Russia probe.
In a tweet from earlier Friday, the president said the allegation that the Justice Department had a “spy” embedded in the Trump campaign was “really bad stuff.”
“’Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn’t commit.” David Asman @LouDobbs @GreggJarrett Really bad stuff!’” Trump tweeted earlier Friday morning, tagging Fox Business anchors Lou Dobbs and David Asman, and Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.