News continues to emerge that a United States Government agency like the FBI or CIA may have overstepped their boundaries during the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to multiple sources, an agency may have placed an informant inside the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump; the “goal” for this informant was purportedly to collect information on any ties to Russia present inside the campaign.
Over the weekend, the New York Times posted a story claiming to know who this mystery informant was, and provided some clues to the individual’s identity. While the publication skirted around actually naming the informant, there were enough clues that other papers and websites swiftly picked up the story and ran with it.
Over on Twitter on the same day, President Trump shared his long-held belief that there was at least one FBI informant monitoring and spying on his 2016 campaign. According to the New York Times, the informant is “an American academic who teaches in Britain” and “is well known in Washington circles, having served in previous Republican administrations and as a source of information for the C.I.A. in past years.” The paper also reported on the informant’s contacts and connections in the campaign. The Washington Post also ran a similar story about the mystery man or woman.
Some papers were less discreet…
Over on the Daily Caller, reporter Chuck Ross covered the story, claiming the Times was acting out of hypocrisy; by sharing clues that could identify the informant but not stating the name. According to Ross:
“The steady stream of clues leaked to the Times and WaPo have touched off intense speculation about the identity of the source. Some cable TV commentators have pointed to a March 25 report from TheDCNF about Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor who was in contact with both Page and Papadopoulos. Halper, a U.S. citizen, is a veteran of three Republican presidential administrations.”
In a follow-up, Ross released a second report, covering Halper, and his “extensive ties” to the CIA and MI6, the United Kingdom’s foreign intelligence service.
Almost a week later, the story continues to evolve. On May 22, President Trump again spoke out about the illegal actions taken by the FBI informant. Talking about the idea of a campaign spy, the President said:
“That would be one of the biggest insults that anyone’s ever seen,” President Trump continued. “If they had spies in my campaign, during my campaign for political purposes, that would be unprecedented in the history of our country.”
So far, sources reveal that the informant met with multiple Trump campaign team members; the FBI admits to having an informant in place, but claims they were spying on Russians, not the then-candidate.
“They were spying on — a term I don’t particularly like — but on what the Russians were doing,” National Intelligence Director Clapper said. “Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage and influence.”
Clapper went on to complain that the president was being unfair, and that he was potentially damaging the FBI by addressing the issue.
The debate continues to rage online this week as liberal media sources complain about President Trump and attempt to spin the spying in a positive way. At the same time, members of the Trump team continue to express outrage over the spying and meddling by the FBI, meddling which could have had a lasting impact on the election and on the outcome.
President Trump has long expressed concern over the idea of a spy within his campaign; he took to Twitter Wednesday to share his thoughts. Dubbing the FBI’s actions as “SPYGATE”, he shared his outrage with the nation and is finally getting some vindication after months of mocking and dismissal from the mainstream media. The story continues to emerge, with mainstream media stations quick to point out that President Trump is in some way benefitting from these potentially illegal actions and that the FBI was not in the wrong.
President Trump has expressed outrage and frustration for a very long time – his assertions that FBI informants were in fact placed in his campaign and were spying on his team appear to be proving true.
~ Conservative Zone