President Trump called for jail sentences for those who are accused of spying on his 2016 campaign, as he considers it treason.
“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!” Trump tweeted.
The reason he came to his conclusion is that Attorney General Bill Barr testified that “spying did occur” against Trump’s campaign.
Bill Barr is currently chasing a formal review into the investigation. John Durham the U.S. attorney from Connecticut is set to lead the investigation to look into “all intelligence collection activities” in regards to the Trump campaign in 2016. He is also set to look into any misconduct during the FBI’s first Russia probe. According to sources, Durham has already been working on his Russian review for weeks and is looking into the usage of FBI informants as well as any inappropriate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants. He is checking to make sure that the intelligence collected was lawful and appropriate.
Barr along with Durham and FBI Directory Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats are all working together on the investigation. Durham is also looking into allegations of FISA abuses and the role FBI agents played during the Russia investigations.
It is known that for weeks leading up to the election in 2016, the FBI was using informants and other means of investigation to get close to the Trump campaign. A New York Times report stated that an investigator with the U.S. intelligence acted as a Cambridge University research assistant and tried to get information from Trump campaign foreign policy adviser at the time George Papadopoulos.