Report: Government Informant Spied On Two Trump Campaign Aides
An unidentified government informant met multiple times with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, according to a report from The New York Times.
The bombshell revelation is buried deep inside a story about the early days of “Hurricane Crossfire,” the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.
The existence of a top secret FBI source was reported by The Washington Post back on May 8. According to the newspaper, an American citizen who has long provided information to the CIA and FBI has provided information about the Trump campaign that is now in the hands of the special counsel’s office. (RELATED: Top Secret Mueller Source Deemed Off Limits To Congress)
The Department of Justice has fought the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence over documents related to the source. The agency claims that revealing the documents could put the source’s life at risk and jeopardize relationships with foreign intelligence services.
Ironically, it appears that Justice Department or FBI officials are sources for both The Post and Times articles that revealed previously unknown details about the source.
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