The theory was given more fuel Wednesday by a line in a New York Times story, which said "at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos", referring to Trump campaign aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. In a recent column, McCarthy said that Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of an intelligence firm, Fusion GPS, that compiled research on Trump during the campaign, had testified to the Senate that the F.B.I. had a "human source" within the campaign.
President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly pushed the claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on his campaign with an inside informant.
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At least he got one thing right.More news: Cleveland Browns to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
The term "government informant" cited in the Times piece in no way establishes the government had embedded a secret agent with the Trump campaign.
Trump has repeatedly fumed about the investigation in public.More news: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Vigorously Denies She Is Gay
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has sought classified documents from the Justice Department, saying he needs to review the records as part of his congressional oversight duties. They were apparently part of the FBI's frenzied, secretive effort to determine whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russian government while taking pains not to influence the election results. "It is a very big deal".
Trump appears to be parroting commentary from right-wing media that surfaced after the New York Times on Wednesday published a report on the early days of the Russian Federation investigation.More news: Nigeria's population to double by 2050
Then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer later attempted to clarify those comments, telling reporters, "The president used the word "wiretap" in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that".