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27 May 2018

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What does "as illegal as that may be" (in the following line mean)?

"having an Informant placed in an opposing party's campaign is different than having a Spy, as illegal as that may be"



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Trump has recently argued that the FBI improperly spied on his presidential campaign through the use of the informant.

News reports suggest the informant, a former government official now working at a university in England, held meetings with three different people in the Trump campaign.

Trump has argued the use of the informant by the previous administration was a political trick, while suggesting the informant was paid for his actions.

"The Democrats are now alluding to the concept that having an Informant placed in an opposing party's campaign is different than having a Spy, as illegal as that may be," he tweeted on Friday. "But what about an 'Informant' who is paid a fortune and who 'sets up' way earlier than the Russian Hoax?"

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who appeared on the ABC show before Schiff, defended the FBI, saying he believes law enforcement were right to investigate "certain individuals" with suspicious histories connected to Russia.

"Even Senator Rubio this morning saying well, we should look in and find out if this is true," Schiff said later. "But this is part of the propaganda machine, let's spread a completely fallacious story and then let's say that it needs to be investigated and give it a life of its own."

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