Trump asks the Justice Department to investigate his presidential campaign
US President Donald Trump on Twitter on Sunday asked the Justice Department to investigate whether his 2016 presidential campaign had been hacked or monitored by the FBI during the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Trump's anger at the probe by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller over Russia a year ago has turned into a series of accusations in a number of tweets that the investigation is politically motivated and has roots in the administration of his Democratic predecessor Obama.

The New York Times quoted Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, as saying that Mueller said the investigation would be concluded by September 1.

Federal investigators are investigating whether Russia tried to influence the election and whether it cooperated with the Trump campaign to do so. Trump denies any collusion and has repeatedly called the investigation "a campaign of persecution."

"I hereby demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation has penetrated or monitored the Trump campaign for political purposes - and whether such demands came from people within the Obama administration," Trump said on Twitter.

Trump or Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City, did not provide any evidence of a government crackdown on Trump's presidential campaign. Giuliani admitted in an interview with CNN that he did not know whether he or the president had such a procedure.

In September, the Justice Department said it had no evidence to support untrustworthy reports to Trump that Obama had ordered the Trump Tower to be eavesdropped during the 2016 presidential campaign.

It was not clear what kind of reaction Trump was seeking to get from the Justice Department this time because investigations were kept secret and far from political influence or interference by the White House.

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