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 TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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 Brennan10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Overnight Defense: House votes to end US support for Yemen war | Vote expected to force Trump's second veto of presidency | More Russian troops may head to Venezuela | First 'Space Force' hearing set for next week MORE and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert Clapper10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Trump campaign falsely claims Barr revealed 'unlawful spying' in email to supporters 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 PapadopoulosPoll: Nearly half of Republicans say no one on Trump campaign committed a crime George Papadopoulos urges Barr to investigate examples of 'spying' while he was campaign aide Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators 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.