Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE tweeted a lengthy quote Sunday night from a conservative commentator criticizing FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"'Just another abuse of power in a long series of abuses of power by the Democrats that began during the Obama Administration, continued through the Mueller FBI operation, & now the baton has been passed to Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPoll: Majority wants Trump out, but not through impeachment Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' MORE to continue to abuse power to harass President Trump and the Democrat National Committee,'" Trump tweeted, quoting Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

"'The Democrat Party apparatus-has been caught using donor Dollars to Collude with Russian Intelligence to attack a domestic political opponent (me). The FBI has no leadership. The Director is protecting the same gang.....that tried to........overthrow the President through an illegal coup.'”

Trump has gone on the offensive about the FBI’s surveillance of members of his campaign following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The president calls the surveillance "spying."  


Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds charge five in international ID theft ring targeting military members, veterans The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report MORE also called the lawful investigations "spying" during a hearing last month.

Wray, however, said last week that he wouldn’t use the term “spying” to describe the FBI's monitoring of some Trump campaign members.

The Justice Department's inspector general is currently reviewing whether the FBI followed procedures in applying for a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Republicans have said the FBI improperly relied on details from a dossier compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele for the warrant.

The surveillance activity was part of the early investigation into Russian election interference and links between the Trump campaign and Moscow that eventually spawned Mueller's probe, which ultimately did not find evidence of collusion.