President Donald Trump suggested Friday that an FBI informant who made contact with his campaign during the 2016 election was "paid a fortune," boosting the unsubstantiated allegation a "spy" was implanted in his campaign for political purposes.
"The Democrats are now alluding to the the [sic] concept that having an Informant placed in an opposing party’s campaign is different than having a Spy, as illegal as that may be," the president wrote in a series of tweets. "But what about an 'Informant' who is paid a fortune and who 'sets up' way earlier than the Russian Hoax?"
He added: "Can anyone even imagine having Spies placed in a competing campaign, by the people and party in absolute power, for the sole purpose of political advantage and gain? And to think that the party in question, even with the expenditure of far more money, LOST!"
Trump over the past week has hammered officials in the Department of Justice over the revelation an informant was used to make contact with his campaign team as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into Russian election meddling in 2016.
Trump tweeted Wednesday that "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!"
Democratic officials have pushed back on allegations that the FBI's use of an informant constitutes spying on the Trump campaign, as the president and his allies have alleged.
White House chief of staff John Kelly attended two briefings at the DOJ on Thursday regarding the FBI informant. The presence of White House officials at the summits, scheduled to allow lawmakers to review classified materials about the federal probes into Russian meddling, drew sharp rebukes from Democratic officials.