FBI Informant In Trump Campaign Made Secret Recordings About SpyGate

The FBI’s insertion of an informant into
the 2016 Trump campaign to spy on the candidate’s advisers and associates did not produce anything
useful, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general report, which, for the first
time, disclosed bits of secretly recorded conversations. The Washington Times reported that the IG
documented FBI dispatched several unnamed FBI informants to spy on Trump campaign associates
who were known as confidential human sources (CHS). The most publicized of these was Cambridge
University Prof. Stefan Halper, a longtime national security operative. He ingratiated
himself to George Papadopoulos and Carter Page while also trying to engage a senior
Trump campaign official in New York City, the Times reported, citing the IG. IG Michael Horowitz’s Dec. 9 report notes
that instead of hearing incriminating evidence and statements, Halper — who the IG did
not identify — recorded conversations that could actually have exonerated Page and Papadopoulos. Horowitz criticized the FBI for failing to
include those recordings in four sworn affidavits that were presented to the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act (FISA) court in order to obtain spy warrants on Page. In his book “Deep State Target,” Papadopoulos,
a Trump campaign adviser, recounted how Halper contacted him by email “out of the blue”
with the promise of a $3,000 energy study if he came to London. Halper introduced him to Azra Turk, whom he
described as an office assistant. Page was invited to a Cambridge conference
where he met Halper in early July, weeks before the FBI formally launched its “Spygate”
probe, called Crossfire Hurricane. They engaged in follow-on discussions at Halper’s farm
in Virginia. In the spring of 2016, Papadopoulos met another
professor, Joseph Mifsud, who held academic positions in London and Rome. Following a
panel discussion in Russia, Mifsud told Papadopoulos he heard that Moscow had incriminating emails
about Hillary Clinton. A month later, Papadopoulos relayed that information
over drinks to an Australian ambassador. Following the release of stolen Clinton and DNC emails,
the Australian government notified the FBI and in late July 2016, Crossfire Hurricane
was launched. Citing what appears to have been a set-up,
Attorney General William Barr has said the FBI launched its probe on flimsy grounds,
which prompted him to appoint U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the probe’s origins. “To lead to the conclusion that it showed
knowledge of a later hack into the DNC [Democratic National Committee] was a pretty aggressive
conclusion,” Barr told Martha MacCallum on Fox News’ “The Story” last week. “I just think that by the time the president
entered office — around that time — [it was] becoming clear that there was no basis
to these allegations not just the [Christopher Steele] dossier falling apart, but the information
that they were relying on as to Page and to Papadopoulos,” he added. According to the IG report, Papadopoulos reported
to Halper that he knew the Trump campaign was not colluding or cooperating with Russia
over the Clinton emails or for any other purpose. He told Halper “campaign, of course, [does
not] advocate for this type of activity because at the end of the day it’s … illegal,”
according to the IG report. He also said “our campaign is not. … engag[ing]
or reaching out to WikiLeaks or to the whoever it is to tell them please work with us, collaborate
because we don’t, no one does that …” Papadopoulos also told Halper that he knew
“for a fact” the campaign had no role. Papadopoulos also said that “as far as I
understand … no one’s collaborating, there’s been no collusion and it’s going to remain
that way.”

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