U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the Rose Garden of the White House, after unveiling a new legal immigration proposal, which would prioritize high-skilled immigrants and restrict family-based migration, on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
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By Terrence Dopp and Bloomberg
May 17, 2019

President Donald Trump threatened long jail terms over what he’s called politically motivated “spying” on his 2016 campaign, despite testimony from his own FBI director that he wasn’t aware of any improper surveillance.

“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics,” Trump said Friday on Twitter. “A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”

My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019

Trump has said he’s in favor of Attorney General William Barr’s decision to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump denied that he ordered Barr to launch the investigation, though he has repeatedly encouraged it in public remarks.

Trump has insisted that the Russia investigation was politically motivated and concocted from false allegations to spy on his campaign and ultimately undermine his presidency.

But FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a Senate panel last week that he wasn’t aware of any improper spying, a comment Trump said he found “ridiculous.”

“That’s not the term I would use,” Wray told senators when asked about whether there was spying.

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