Trump slams 'dirty cops' at FBI over Steele dossier

Trump slams 'dirty cops' at FBI over Steele dossier
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE on Wednesday took aim at top officials at the FBI as well as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton after debate: 'Everyone better vote' Hillary Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' is 'very profoundly a theological statement' House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), accusing them of conspiring to undermine his 2016 campaign and eventual presidency.

Trump tweeted that the dossier authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele on behalf of Fusion GPS, a political intelligence firm, and provided to the FBI by Steele had been a "total fraud on your President and the American people!"

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"Wow! FBI made 11 payments to Fake Dossier’s discredited author, Trump hater Christopher Steele. ... The Witch Hunt has been a total fraud on your President and the American people!" he wrote.

"It was brought to you by Dirty Cops, Crooked Hillary and the DNC," Trump continued.

 

Trump and his allies have argued for years that the dossier authored by Steele on the president's ties to Russia, which has not been fully verified, was the impetus for the FBI's initial investigation of the Trump campaign begun under the Obama administration, which Trump has claimed led to illegal spying on his campaign.

The president's reelection campaign echoed those claims over the weekend, falsely telling supporters in a fundraising email that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMueller in rare statement pushes back on top aide's criticism of investigation Flynn's attorney says she recently discussed case with Trump Juan Williams: Trump's Supreme Court power grab MORE had revealed "unlawful" surveillance on the Trump campaign.

"Attorney General William Barr said what the president has thought all along: He believes 'unlawful spying did occur' against Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign," read the fundraising email.

Barr told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing last week that he believes "spying" did occur on the Trump campaign, but made no determination as to whether it was conducted legally.

“I think spying did occur,” the attorney general said. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”

"I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I'm saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it. That's all," he added.