By Alex SwoyerFederal investigators have opened a new investigation into possible criminal activity by Donald Trump’s campaign that they say may have been undertaken to solicit sensitive information on Americans in the run-up to the November election.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are also conducting a joint inquiry into possible illegal activity during the 2016 election.
Sources close to the investigation told the Washington Post that the FBI and DOJ have asked the intelligence community to examine whether the Trump campaign collected information from foreign intelligence agencies on Americans as part of a scheme to use the information to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The FBI has already obtained court orders to search through records from the Trump National Doral Miami property and the Trump Organisation’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Trump has been under scrutiny for months for the alleged misuse of sensitive information during the campaign, and his lawyers have repeatedly denied that the president has ever been in contact with Russian intelligence.
The White House has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly suggested that the allegations are false.