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Trump rips Clapper on spying comments: ‘I am not happy’

Trump rips Clapper on spying comments: ‘I am not happy’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE on Wednesday blasted former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperWrong for Democrats to call for more Kavanaugh investigations The Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts | Dem holds up passage of key intel bill MORE, after Clapper said the president should be happy the FBI monitored his campaign.

“No, James Clapper, I am not happy," Trump tweeted.

"Spying on a campaign would be illegal, and a scandal to boot!” he added.

Trump was responding to comments Clapper made Tuesday on “The View." 

Co-host Joy Behar asked Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence from 2010-2017, if the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign, as the president has claimed. 

“No, they were not,” Clapper said. "They were spying on, a term I don't particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence — which is what they do."

"Well, why doesn't he like that? He should be happy," Behar said, referring to Trump.

"He should be," Clapper responded.

The president has spent the last several days claiming that an FBI informant was embedded within his campaign for political purposes. He has, without evidence, suggested the Obama administration planted the individual in his campaign in an effort to help Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE win the 2016 election.

Trump has said it would be "one of the biggest political scandals in history," and called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the matter, an uncommon step for a sitting president.

The DOJ agreed to expand its inspector general probe to include “any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump campaign.”