FBI's informant talked to multiple Trump campaign aides

Angelo Anderson
May 22, 2018

There is an ongoing investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States election, whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's election campaign and whether the president tried unlawfully to obstruct the inquiry.

Multiple reports have identified University of Cambridge Professor Stefan Halper as an informant who worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to snoop on the Trump presidential campaign.

"If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action", rosenstein said.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment about The New York Times report.

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now one of Trump's personal attorneys, nearly immediately undercut Trump's speculation about an informant.

It is not certain if Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller, though the president has publicly said he would.

Neither Trump nor Giuliani provided any evidence of government infiltration into Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump's latest demand came amid a series of tweets yesterday denouncing a "witch hunt" that, he said, had found no collusion by his campaign with Russian Federation.

Trump has constantly attacked the inquiry.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior governance fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, posted a tweet that called Trump's move "a nakedly corrupt attempt" to derail the investigation and predicted that forcing a probe would prompt both Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

The Washington Post reported Friday that in addition to meeting with Trump campaign advisers George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosStopping Robert Mueller to protect us all DOJ asks watchdog to probe Trump campaign surveillance claims Trump demands DOJ probe claims of campaign surveillance MORE and Carter Page, the informant - described as an American academic - also met with former Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis.

The Intercept note that the fact that his work with the Central Intelligence Agency was in the public domain entirely undermines the FBI's claim that he was a top-secret asset whose exposure would endanger his life and the lives of others.

The Justice Department declined to provide the records out of concern that it could endanger the informant and his associates.

"His "demand" DOJ investigate something they know to be untrue is an abuse of power, and an effort to distract from his growing legal problems", Schiff said on Twitter. "Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers", he said.

California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said that Trump's demand could amount to obstruction of justice.

Promoting a theory that is circulating, Trump quoted Fox Business anchor David Asman and tweeted Friday: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign".

Suggestions that law enforcement had an inside Trump campaign source have been around almost as long as the one-year-old Mueller investigation into campaign-Russia ties.

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