President Donald Trump warned Friday of the possibility of “long jail sentences” for law-enforcement and intelligence officials involved in the early stages of the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and members of his 2016 campaign.
“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on,” Trump claimed in a morning tweet. “Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”
His claims come as Attorney General William Barr has taken steps to review the origins of the Russia probe, including the appointment of a senior prosecutor to examine the roles of the FBI and the CIA.
Trump has long claimed that his campaign was subject to illegal surveillance and has used the term “spying” to characterize what he says took place. In recent congressional testimony, Barr said “spying” did occur, but he has not said the surveillance was unjustified.
At a Senate hearing earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he had not seen any evidence that illegal surveillance was conducted on individuals associated with Trump’s campaign. He also said “spying” was not a term he would use. Trump subsequently called Wray’s testimony “ridiculous.”