There is growing speculation about the identity of the top-secret intelligence source who was part of the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign.
Leakers revealed such a source to the Washington Post last week. The leakers revealed to the Post that senior FBI and national intelligence officials tried to stop House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes from receiving information that they claimed could “endanger a top-secret intelligence source.”
Updated: May 20, 2018 @9:00 a.m.
A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.
Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, the New York Post reported.
The revelation, stemming from recent reports in which FBI sources admitted sending an agent to snoop on the Trump camp, heightens suspicions that the FBI was seeking to entrap Trump campaign aides. Papodopoulous has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, while Page was the subject of a federal surveillance warrant.
“If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal,” President Trump tweeted Saturday, calling for the FBI to release additional documents to Congress.
The Halper revelation also shows the Obama administration’s FBI began prying into the opposing party’s presidential nominee earlier than it previously admitted.
As Truth Uncensored previously reported, they also revealed that providing the information about the source could “damage relationships with other countries that serve as U.S. intelligence partners” — meaning that the source likely worked with other nations.
Their panic was reportedly set off by a recent request for the information from Nunes to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on April 24. The Justice Department initially rejected his request, but acquiesced, providing him with the information last Wednesday.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) warned Republican lawmakers on Friday not to expose the identity of a secret FBI informant, saying that to do so would be “irresponsible” — and potentially illegal.
“It would be at best irresponsible, and at worst potentially illegal, for members of Congress to use their positions to learn the identity of an FBI source for the purpose of undermining the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election,” Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.
“Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves,” he added.
Warner’s comments come as some GOP lawmakers and allies of President Trump seize on reports of an embedded FBI informant who fed investigators information about possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Some congressional Republicans have raised concerns that the FBI may have planted a mole within the Trump campaign in order to spy on the then-candidate and his team in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
Even Trump suggested on Thursday that the Obama administration had intentionally planted the informant in his presidential campaign, claiming that the matter could end up being “bigger than Watergate.”
Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI “SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.” Andrew McCarthy says, “There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.” If so, this is bigger than Watergate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that allies of the president had begun waging a campaign to expose the role of the informant. In response, the FBI has been working to soften the blow if the source’s identity is outed.