President Donald J. Trump is surrounded by enemies many of whom are prominent Republicans. It became a shock to many that the Trump FBI informant was a leading Republican foreign policy expert and former presidential advisor.
Trumps FBI Informant Has Reagan Background
Stefan J. Halper spied on Presidential Trump’s election campaign for the FBI in 2016, The Washington Postreported. The most disturbing thing about Halper is his background; he was deputy Secretary of State for political-military affairs in the Reagan administration. That means Halper was a senior foreign policyadvisor to President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
Halper met with Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis and discussed the election and foreign policy in July 2016. Halper was a “long-time U.S. intelligence resource” when he met with Trump’s foreign adviser Carter Page in 2016. It is not clear whom Halper was gathering intelligence for, but he has been named as an FBI informant by many outlets.
FBI Informant tried to Infiltrate Trump Campaign
Clovis admitted that the meeting was very high-level on the Simon Conway Show, a radio program in Iowa, CNN reported. Halper offered to help with the campaign, but the help was turned down.
The Postreported that Halper approached the Trump campaign shortly after the Donald won the Republican presidential nomination. Halper met with Clovis, and later with George Papadopoulos a Trump adviser who has been investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Halper had no role in the campaign, but President Trump’s trade advisor Peter Navarro recommended Halper’s appointment as ambassador to China, Axios reported. There is no evidence Trump considered the recommendation or met with Halper.
Trump FBI Informant tied to the Bushes
Halper donated $85,000 to President George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign in 2000, The Washington Post reported. He also worked in the administration of Bush’s father George H.W. Bush.
Halper became very critical of George W. Bush after the invasion of Iraq and refused to endorse his reelection in 2004. News reports did not say whether Halper spied on the Bushes or donated money to the Trump campaign.
Despite the media claims, Halper was not part of either the Trump administration or the presidential campaign. Instead, he was teaching at England’s Cambridge University during the campaign.
Liberal Media Verifies President Trump FBI Informant Allegations
The Washington Poststory confirms President Trump’s allegations that the FBI was spying on him with informants. The President has demanded a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the FBI.
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice (DOJ) look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein responded to Trump’s demand by ordering the DOJ inspector general to review the FBI’s requests for warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or FISA to see if any of them were politically motivated, Axios revealed. All intelligence operations conducted against foreign spies in the United States have to be approved by FISA.
It appears that President Trump’s allegations that the FBI was spying on him were not just correct, but understated. Only time will tell if Trump’s allegations that his predecessor Barrack Obama ordered the spying are also true.