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Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday urged Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials to “simply say no” to President Trump’s demand for an expanded investigation into his claims of FBI wrongdoing as it relates to his campaign. 

“More DOJ norms being eroded. Trump-a SUBJECT of the investigation-wants access to material related to the inquiry,” Holder tweeted.

Holder served as attorney general under former President Obama from 2009-2015. He has frequently criticized Trump and floated the possibility of a potential 2020 presidential campaign.

{mosads}His latest criticism of the president came as Trump and his allies have claimed, without evidence, that an FBI informant spied on his campaign for political purposes. On Sunday, Trump said he would demand the DOJ investigate the matter.

It is uncommon for a president to request specific investigations from the DOJ.

The president then met Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray at the White House.

Trump agreed to a deal in which the DOJ inspector general would “expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders also said chief of staff John Kelly plans to “immediately set up a meeting” between top law enforcement officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to “review” the “highly classified” materials that representatives have sought about the informant.

Republicans, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (Calif.), have in recent weeks sought access to documents that reveal the identify of the informant, even as intelligence officials have warned that doing so could threaten lives and national security.

Democrats have argued that Republican attacks on the FBI and Trump’s calls for an internal probe are an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Tags Devin Nunes Donald Trump Eric Holder FBI informant Federal Bureau of Investigation John Kelly Robert Mueller Rod Rosenstein Special Counsel investigation United States Department of Justice
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