Trump tweet storm questions Clinton, Podesta, praises surveillance reporting

President Trump began Monday with a flood of tweets reviving questions surrounding general election foe Hillary Clinton -- and highlighting a Fox News report on the Trump team surveillance controversy.

Trump tweeted twice within five minutes -- first, about the Clinton campaign being given questions prior to primary debates and town halls and then about Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s brother, Tony Podesta, failing to register as a foreign agent when representing a major Russian bank.

“Was the brother of John Podesta paid big money to get the sanctions on Russia lifted? Did Hillary know?” Trump tweeted.

He added: “Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate? Just asking!”

The messages come amid increasing Democratic claims about an alleged connection between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials and a pair of congressional investigations probing Russia's meddling in the election.

Trump started the message storm by praising Fox News’ reporting on Obama administration officials’ alleged efforts to unmask Trump officials caught up in incidental surveillance and widely disseminate the information. The Obama intelligence official who did the unmasking was “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News’ Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman on Friday.

“Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. ‘Spied on before nomination.’ The real story,” Trump tweeted.