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Donald Trump marks Mueller anniversary by claiming Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spied' on his campaign

18 May 2018, 12:28 | Taylor George

Trump news: 'Obama's FBI spied on Trump campaign with informant', says president

Trump: Report that Obama FBI spied on campaign could be 'bigger than Watergate'

US President Donald Trump marked the first anniversary of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) by repeating accusations that the FBI had a confidential informant inside his 2016 campaign and by calling the probe "disgusting, illegal and unwarranted".

In some sense, many analysts have said, he is right: Efforts by a hostile foreign power to influence a US presidential election - with or without the assistance or knowledge of the winning candidate - may well be a scandal "bigger than Watergate!"

"What happened here is that they did not have a criminal predicate to open an investigation on Trump", McCarthy said.

Thursday is the anniversary of Mueller's appointment.

Trump's lawyers have been in negotiations with Mueller's team for months about whether the president would sit for an interview. Both Justice Department officials resigned rather than carrying out the order.

And in a third tweet, Trump said: "Despite the disgusting, illegal and unwarranted Witch Hunt, we have had the most successful first 17 month Administration in U.S. history - by far!"

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The president also praised his administration, calling it "the most successful first 17 month Administration in USA history - by far!"

Trump had first posted the tweet with an incorrect spelling of "embedded".

"I've written a couple of columns in the last week or so pointing out that there is probably no doubt that [the FBI] had at least one confidential informant in the campaign", said McCarthy (pictured above right), a National Review contributor and former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of NY. The agency told him they were already on it.

From James Comey's bombshell announcements on Hillary Clinton's email server to his firing and memos, a look at Fox News' reporting, including exclusive stories from Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge.

Reacting to the "informant" line, Giuliani told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a spy with the campaign: "That would be the biggest scandal in the history of this town, at least involving law enforcement". "Maybe a special counsel, special prosecutor, never should have been appointed".

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