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DOJ orders inspector general to look into FBI informant's contact with Trump campaign.
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1. DOJ to investigate FBI informant's contact with Trump campaign

The Justice Department on Sunday told its inspector general to look into whether the early FBI investigation into links between Russia and President Trump's campaign was politically motivated. The move came hours after Trump began a series of Twitter posts calling for an inquiry into a report that an American academic working as an FBI informant met with several members of his 2016 campaign in the early days of the agency's investigation into Russian election meddling. "I hereby demand," Trump tweeted, "and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!" Reports on the matter said there was no evidence the informant was embedded in the Trump campaign, as Trump suggested.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.