President Donald Trump announced Sunday he will officially direct his Department of Justice to investigate whether or not the DOJ or FBI placed an informant in his presidential campaign in 2016 for "political purposes."
Trump's announcement comes after it was revealed the CIA or FBI placed an informant inside Trump's campaign. The informant was later identified as an American citizen and Cambridge professor, who is a longtime CIA and MI6 asset.
What did Trump say?
News of a potential spy in the Trump campaign has raised numerous questions. In addition to why the government placed a source in Trump's campaign — the government alleges it did so to connect the asset with campaign advisers believed to have Russian connections — when the agent began his work is another major question.
The answer to when and why could either corroborate the government's account or completely unravel it.
News of a campaign infiltrator has deepened the divide in Congress between those who believe a "deep state" is against Trump and those who believe Trump is out-of-control.
As congressmen like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) works to unmask the government's agent, Democrats say doing so would border on criminal activity. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday the idea the government placed a human asset in Trump's campaign to "spy" is a farce.
"This is part of a string of meritless allegations from the very beginning that 'I was wiretapped in Trump Tower', there is a vast unmasking conspiracy, the investigation began with the Christopher Steele dossier — all of which is was untrue, all of which...is designed to create this alternate reality for Trump supporters," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."