More Information Coming Out About FBI Informants Who Spied on Trump Campaign

By Rachel Alexander Published on May 26, 2018

Cambridge professor Stefan Halper has been outed as the informant who spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for the FBI. He targeted Trump campaign workers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis. He wanted information from them about possible Russian collusion with the campaign.

Both The Daily Caller and The Wall Street Journal named him. The first says he was probably outed through leaks from the DOJ or FBI. Some suspect his motives because he supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Democrats deny there was an informant. When pressed, they say Halper wasn’t “spying.” But if he wasn’t spying, what was he doing? It sounds like semantics, to get around laws against illegal spying. They also assert that even if the campaign was spied on, nothing bad happened as a result. Regardless, there are federal laws against spying. Americans are protected by the Fourth Amendment.

The problem may be even worse. Former Trump advisor Michael Caputo says a second informant spied on him.

‘Crossfire Hurricane’

The FBI began looking into Papadopolous, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn as part of an operation called “Crossfire Hurricane.” They justified it based on hearing that Papadopoulos was told that Moscow had compromising emails about Hillary Clinton. This was before Wikileaks released the DNC emails. The three as well as Page confirmed that Halper had exchanges with them.

The FBI and DOJ relied on the Steele dossier to get a warrant to spy on Page from the FISA court. Halper stopped talking to Page about the time the warrant expired. He sent an email to Carter last July expressing his skepticism about Russian collusion.

Halper met Page at an election-themed symposium held at Cambridge on July 11 and 12, 2016. They met several times after that and exchanged emails. Halper invited him to his home. Page told TheDCNF he thought Halper was merely trying to be friends. Halper told Page he was skeptical that Page was colluding with Russia.

Clovis and Halper met for coffee on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1, 2016. Clovis did not find anything alarming. He said they discussed foreign policy. Halper offered to help the campaign with foreign policy issues.

Papadopoulos suspected Halper was recording him.

Halper paid Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a 1,500-word academic paper. He asked him if he was involved with Russia hacking the DNC emails. Papadopolous said no. He suspected Halper was recording him. Papadopoulos has since pled guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of his conversations with Russians.

Trump’s Furious Reaction

In a tweet, Trump demanded that the DOJ look into the spying. The DOJ responded and asked the FBI to investigate. Trump has continued angrily tweeting about it.

Former CIA Director under Barack Obama, John Brennan, responded over Twitter to Trump, warning Congressional leaders not to help.

Members of Congress have asked the DOJ for documents about the informant. So far the DOJ has refused to turn them over. They cite concern for the safety of the informant. This is odd since he’s already been outed.

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Americans became rightly concerned about spying when the NSA was found surveilling their phone calls and emails. There is plenty of evidence there were partisan Hillary Clinton supporters within the DOJ and FBI during the presidential campaign. There has been no evidence of Russian collusion. It is very plausible that the spying was not warranted, and was a politically motivated attempt to dig up dirt on Trump and his associates. If so, this should terrify Americans.

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