Thomas Gallatin / May 14, 2018

Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?

Questions mount as to when and why the Obama-era DOJ initiated its probe of the Trump campaign.

Did the FBI have a spy working within Donald Trump’s campaign team? That’s the question Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is seeking to answer. We recently noted that the Justice Department has been slow-walking its compliance with Congress’s request for documents and information. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein angrily responded to subpoenas and threats of impeachment over his stonewalling of Congress, stating that he would not be “extorted.” Why this aggressive rebuttal?

Well, slowly but surely the mystery behind all of the slow-walking and stonewalling from the DOJ is finally coming to light, albeit bringing even more questions with it. To begin, we must go back to January of this year, when Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony from five months prior was finally made public. At that time, Simpson’s testimony appeared to reveal a bombshell (emphasis added):

> Essentially, what [Christopher Steele] told me was [the FBI] had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source, and that — that they — my understanding was that they believed Chris at this point — that they believed Chris’s information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing, and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump campaign.

After the media hoopla, Simpson quickly backed off the claim of the FBI having a “human source” inside the Trump campaign, insisting instead that he had “mischaracterized” the nature of the source. But had he? It now appears that the FBI did indeed have a “human source” — a spy — within the Trump campaign.

The same day Simpson’s Senate testimony was made public, The New York Times ran a story suggesting that the source was a previously unknown low-level Trump campaign adviser named George Papadopoulos. A convenient fall guy? One glaring problem for Papadopoulos being the source is that he is never mentioned in the infamous Steele dossier, the FISA warrant or any of Simpson’s Senate testimony. Secondly, timing is an issue. When exactly did the FBI launch its probe into the Trump campaign — before or after Papadopoulous’s supposedly incriminating meeting? In any case, the Papadopoulos claim is growing extremely thin.

Was the Obama Justice Department so keen to spy on the Trump campaign that some rogue FBI agents used the threat of Russian election interference as a convenient excuse to do just that? And are certain Obama-era Justice Department officials currently working to cover it up?

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