FBI Not Only ‘Obama Agency’ Spying on Trump in 2016?
Former campaign aide Michael Caputo told Laura Ingraham he knows others did — 'they came at me' — while Carter Page wants DOJ 'to own up'
Former President Barack Obama’s FBI wasn’t “the only Obama agency that came at” President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, one of his former aides warned Monday on “The Ingraham Angle.”
“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact — that this informant, that this person that they planted, tried to plant into the campaign … he’s not the only person that came at the campaign,” Michael Caputo told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “And the FBI is not the only Obama agency that came at the campaign. I know because they came at me.”
Caputo said he was “looking for clearance” from his attorney before he reveals what he knows to the public. “This is just the beginning,” he warned. “And I’ll tell you, when we finally find out the truth about this, [former CIA] Director [James] Clapper and the rest of them are going to be wearing some orange suits.”
Caputo’s comments followed Trump’s weekend tweets on multiple media reports that the FBI had an informant in his presidential campaign, including his demand that the Department of Justice (DOJ) open an official investigation to determine whether the Obama administration “infiltrated or surveilled” his campaign.
The DOJ swiftly responded by tasking DOJ Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz with examining whether inappropriate political bias fueled the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation.
Ingraham played clips showing Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates ripping Trump for demanding a review of the FBI’s surveillance from the DOJ. Yates said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump “has taken his all-out assault of the rule of law to a new level, and this time he is ordering up an investigation of the investigators who are examining his own campaign.”
Clapper said Monday on CNN’s “New Day” that Trump is leading “a very disturbing assault on the independence of the Department of Justice.”
“So you see a pattern here?” Ingraham asked Caputo. “Former Obama administration officials justifying spying on — surveilling, whatever you want to call it, putting a mole in — on an opposing campaign in a hotly contested election year.”
Caputo said that the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign mirrored the Russian government’s own “national security leadership that secretly spies on the entire citizenry of Russia.”
“And here we are in the United States with our own” government-sanctioned spying “underneath President Obama,” Caputo lamented. “This is really sick and twisted stuff.”
Ingraham and Caputo were joined by former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page (shown in the article image above). The FBI used the infamous Trump-Russia dossier, compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele and funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on behalf of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to justify and renew surveillance warrants against Page.
“President Trump, during the campaign, would often say, ‘This is not about me. This is about us,'” Page said, predicting that “all of the terrible things that have happened to so many” Trump campaign officials will come to light.
Page also claimed he “never knew anything about” the FBI informant he spoke to, “who was a university professor at Cambridge in the U.K. at the time,” noting that “everything seemed totally normal.”
“Part of why I’m somewhat open about my communications with [the FBI informant] is that it will lead to some truth, finally, from the Department of Justice,” Page said. “I’ve been asking for, you know, DOJ to own up to these things.”