Giuliani suggests Obama, top intelligence officials knew of 'spygate'

Giuliani suggests Obama, top intelligence officials knew of 'spygate'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Sunday that former President Obama and his top intelligence officials "knew" the FBI had used a top-secret informant to allegedly spy on Trump's 2016 campaign.

In an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis, Giuliani insisted that former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanKrystal Ball defends praise of Yang: I am not 'a Russian plant' We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Former Reagan official rips Republicans for backing Trump: 'It's like the invasion of the body snatchers' MORE and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperWe need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Whistleblowers and the hypocrisy of the ruling class Hillicon Valley: Clapper praises whistleblower complaint | Senators urge social media giants to take action against 'deepfakes' | Tim Cook asks Supreme Court to protect DACA | Harris pushes Twitter to suspend Trump MORE were aware of the informant. 

Giuliani also suggested that Brennan likely briefed Obama himself on the matter.

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"Brennan and Clapper knew about it. Brennan briefed him every day, Obama — well to the extent that he got briefed every day," Giuliani said. "You would have to have brought this up, wouldn't you? Gosh, I can't see how you would escape it."

Trump and his political allies have raised concerns in recent days that the FBI infiltrated his 2016 presidential campaign for political purposes. 

The informant, identified in media reports as American professor Stefan Halper, reportedly met with three Trump campaign advisers — George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosWe need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump asked Australian leader to help look into Mueller probe's origins: report US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE, Carter Page and Sam Clovis — during the 2016 presidential race.

But no evidence has emerged that the informant was used to spy on the campaign, much less for political purposes.

Clapper and Brennan have pushed back on Trump's claims, insisting that the informant was used to try to determine what role Russia was playing in the 2016 election.

The U.S. intelligence community released an assessment months after the informant met with campaign advisers that revealed Moscow had meddled in the presidential race to ensure Trump's victory.

Giuliani's comments came after select lawmakers met with top Justice Department officials for a pair of highly classified meetings on Thursday to discuss the FBI's use of the informant.