Trump Applauds Fox News for Surveillance Report on the "Crooked Scheme Against Us"
The president also went after Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta in his Monday morning tweetstorm.
President Donald Trump renewed his criticism against Hillary Clinton and used a Fox News report to further his surveillance claims.
In a series of tweets posted early Monday morning, Trump praised Fox and Friends for "unmasking" the "crooked scheme against us" after a report alleged the U.S. intelligence official who exposed the names of Trump associates is "very high up" in the intelligence world and not in the FBI.
The report claims House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, knows who is responsible.
"Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. 'Spied on before nomination.' The real story," he tweeted.
In another tweet, he shared a quote from the report.
"@FoxNews from multiple sources: 'There was electronic surveillance of Trump, and people close to Trump. This is unprecedented,'" he tweeted, tagging the FBI's Twitter handle.
Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. "Spied on before nomination." The real story.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017
Trump then revived two questions related to his Democratic former presidential opponent.
"Was the brother of John Podesta paid big money to get the sanctions on Russia lifted? Did Hillary know?" he asked.
In a second tweet, he wrote, "Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate? Just asking!"
Was the brother of John Podesta paid big money to get the sanctions on Russia lifted? Did Hillary know?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017
Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate? Just asking!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017
A WikiLeaks release of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails had previously implied that questions were shared with the Clinton camp ahead of a town hall event. His brother, Tony Podesta, reportedly earned $170,000 by representing Russia's largest bank, according to the WikiLeaks trove.
Trump's series of tweets come on the heels of an interview he gave to the Financial Times over the weekend, where he said he has no regrets about what he posts to his Twitter feed.
"I don’t regret anything, because there is nothing you can do about it," he said. "You know if you issue hundreds of tweets, and every once in a while you have a clinker, that’s not so bad."
When asked about his unfounded claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him ahead of the election — an accusation that began in a tweet — Trump said, "Guess what, it is turning out to be true."
Bombshell report over the weekend shows a 'very high up' Obama official unmasking Trump associates for political purposes, sources say pic.twitter.com/Rj6JEXbobb— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 3, 2017