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>> And you'll see, it looks like a very serious event. But we'll find out. I hope it's not so. Because if it is, there's never been anything like it in the history of our country.>> President Donald Trump not giving an inch amid a growing uproar after he pressured the Justice Department to investigate whether his campaign was spied on by the FBI under Barack Obama.
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>> But a lot of bad things have happened. We now call it spygate.>> Trump back on Twitter Wednesday announcing,quote, spygate could be one of the biggest political scandals in history. Even as criticism of his move grows.>> What I'm doing is a service to this country.>> White House reporter James Oliphant says Trump has other aims.
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>> He wants to basically muddy the waters of the Mueller probe, he's been working to do this for a long time. The idea is to not make the Mueller probe stand as a clean independent investigation, but instead as a work of partisanship. That's why Trump is suggesting that the Obama administration, and the FBI, and the Obama Justice Department all worked together to undermine his campaign.
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And that the Mueller investigation is just an extension of that. That this is just a partisan attack on Trump and his associates. And through that, there's just no viability to the investigation. That's the end game, and that's been the end game for Trump for a long time.>> Democrats are furious at Trump's power play and outraged over a Thursday meeting where the FBI will allow Trump's Capitol Hill allies but no Democrats to view classified information about how the FBI's original investigation got started.
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Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, fired off a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, slamming the planned meeting. This meeting is completely improper in its proposed form and would set a damaging precedent for your institutions and the rule of law, they wrote, demanding Democrats be invited.
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The flurry of events follow last week's bombshell report that said the FBI had an informant working with Trump's campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been directing the FBI's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race and whether anyone in the campaign colluded with the Kremlin. But the FBI had begun its probe during the campaign in July 2016.