"That is a distortion of what I said, in fact, I had an aversion to the use of the term", he said, repeating his denial that the intelligence community spied on the Trump campaign.
'I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a trap'.
And DiGenova insists President Obama knew about the monitoring and infiltration of the Trump campaign since early January 2017. If tomorrow the president said that "Robert Mueller" never existed and the person claiming to be him is actually Nancy Pelosi in elaborate makeup, we'd all find ourselves debating whether Mueller is a real person while House Republicans angrily demand that he produce a DNA sample.
Clinton blamed Comey for contributing to her election loss because he announced a re-starting of the investigation just days before the November 2016 election. The question is whether he sees this "spy" nonsense as a way to discredit Mueller's eventual findings, or as a pretext for trying to end the investigation with a bloody purge akin to Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre". But NPR and other news outlets have identified him as Stefan Halper, a retired professor who served in several Republican presidential administrations. He was sent by FBI agents to talk to Trump campaign advisers, according to the Times, "only after (the bureau) received evidence" that the campaign aides "had suspicious contacts linked to Russian Federation during the campaign".
Asked if Trump should be happy the Federal Bureau of Investigation was doing that, he said yes.
The President then reaffirmed his position, saying the only collusion was between Democrats, the DOJ and Russian Federation.
Stop waiting for the constitutional crisis that President Trump is sure to provoke. "Dems (Democrats) have lost touch!"
Law enforcement officials have countered that using such informants amid counterintelligence investigations - which the FBI had launched in late July 2016 into Russian efforts to penetrate the Trump campaign - is standard procedure.
Halper had voiced support for Hillary Clinton.
"I think the Democrats are desperate".
The FBI says that this is standard practice if national security is involved.
But he said, "I look forward to the prompt completion of the Intelligence Committee's oversight work in this area now that they are getting the cooperation necessary. while protecting sources and methods".
"Really from the beginning of his presidency, President Trump has not observed the time-honored norm that's been in place at least since Watergate that there should be a real division between the Department of Justice and the White House", she said.
Page, a Poughkeepsie native, volunteered for the Trump campaign in January 2016 on a recommendation from the chair of the New York GOP, Ed Cox. As someone who is old enough to remember the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, I worry that we are now at that point, and we may be facing "civil war" over impeachment of President Trump, which nearly certainly will happen if the Democrats take back the House of Representatives this fall.