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Rudy Giuliani just claimed that the FBI and Department of Justice ‘put a spy in the Trump campaign’

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In his Wednesday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingram, President Donald Trump’s legal counsel Rudy Giuliani made an alarming accusation.

He first said that the legal team has challenged the authority of the investigatory abilities because they have expanded from the Russia investigation into other areas. As a fact check, the same happened with special counsel Ken Starr, who began investigating Whitewater and ended with a “DNA-stained” blue dress from a White House intern.

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“What they’ve done with [Paul] Manafort. What they did with Michael Cohen,” the former New York mayor said. “All of the illegitimate things they’ve done. Possibly placing a spy in the Trump campaign.”

The comment isn’t the first time the right-wing has made the claim. Monday, radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that the Russia investigation was a “set up” from the start.

“Now, the important thing to remember here is that [George] Papadopoulos was a peripheral member of the Trump campaign. He didn’t know anything officially. He wasn’t close enough to anybody to know anything. He’s 24, 25 years old, whatever, but he never had day-to-day contact with Trump. He didn’t have day-to-day contact with the Trump campaign foreign policy team, none of that. He was targeted because he was a young, eager beaver. He was targeted and he was set up and he was entrapped,” Limbaugh said.

Papadopoulos was seen pictured in a meme posted by the Trump campaign of the then-candidate meeting with his foreign policy team.

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In the second portion of the interview, Giuliani also said that the “dirt on Hillary Clinton” that Donald Trump Jr. was forced to admit he sought when meeting with a Russian lawyer, was not illegally obtained. He reasoned that the “dirt” wasn’t used by the campaign and thus the attempts to obtain the so-called “dirt” isn’t illegal.

Watch the second portion of the interview below:

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