Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson just asked the question of the year regarding the ongoing FBI informant drama.
It was revealed earlier this week that the FBI utilized the efforts of an informant to gather intelligence on the Trump campaign, presumably collecting information concerning communications with Russian entities.
Who was the informant? What was the person’s role in gathering intelligence? What information did he or she gather? Did the informant find any damaging information? These are all questions people are asking, but Pierson asked something all conservatives should be echoing.
“Who did they have spying on Hillary?” Pierson asked over social media. “Anyone?”
Who did they have spying on Hillary? Anyone? https://t.co/bOLwmsaY5i
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) May 19, 2018
Here’s what some people are saying:
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) May 19, 2018
bill and hill and there butt boy of 8 years get free pass…that is just the way it is …they drop the ball …trump pick it.. up.. and made touch down…one after the other..
— jerome peters (@ofthehuns) May 19, 2018
Even with spying, Hillary still lost? How could that be? They must not trust the spy…
— Ty Lan (@TyLan46675571) May 19, 2018
…silly Katrina, why would they need to spy on themselves?
— All Aboard! (@lukepalla) May 19, 2018
Wondering the same thing. How about Bernie? How about Ted Cruz?
— Staci Repka (@StaciRepka) May 19, 2018
— Not in a Blue Moon (@notinabluemoon) May 19, 2018
Right, with all the evidence we have now seen, that spy was in wrong campaign. Also why hasn’t Mueller now switched or at least started deeper investigating Hillary’s campaign. It’s all leading to them and last administration.
— Scott (@scottlast1) May 19, 2018
As the Daily Caller reports, the informant within the Trump campaign was characterized as a Cambridge Professor and is presumed – but not verified – as Stefan Halper:
A top-secret CIA and FBI source who spied on two Trump campaign advisers and initiated contact with a third was all but outed Friday night.
[Reports] provided a detailed description of the source in articles published Friday night, but did not identify him by name, citing concerns about his physical safety.
But the reports match up exactly with a Cambridge University professor first described in a Daily Caller News Foundation report from March. That professor, Stefan Halper, contacted Trump advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis during the 2016 campaign.
But instead of a GOP-orchestrated exposure, it appears that Halper was essentially outed through leaks from the Justice Department or FBI.
The use of an informant is sure to raise questions on Capitol Hill as well as with Trump supporters. It remains unclear when Halper began conducting surveillance on the Trump team, whether he was paid, and whether he was directed by the FBI, CIA or both.
What exactly prompted the surveillance campaign is also a mystery. Page had been on the FBI’s radar since 2013 when he cooperated with the FBI for its investigation of a Russian spy ring in New York City. One of the Russian operatives met with Page. Page shared some of his academic research with the operative, and said nothing of substance was exchanged.
According to the report, Halper has quite a track record of being involved in foreign policy circles for his intelligence work:
Halper is not a prominent public figure, but he is well known in foreign policy circles. Some information about his links to CIA and MI6 as well as the British intelligence service is available in the public domain. He is the son-in-law of Ray Cline, a legendary CIA officer who was the agency’s top analyst during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Halper also served on former President George H.W. Bush’s failed 1980 presidential campaign. He worked with a team of former CIA officers on an opposition research team. Halper would go to work on the Reagan campaign. There he was involved in a small scandal called Debategate, in which a small cadre of Reagan aides obtained debate notes from former President Jimmy Carter. Halper denied wrongdoing.
In recent years, Halper has worked closely with Sir Richard Dearlove, the former chief of MI6. They are both partners at the Cambridge Security Initiative, an intelligence consulting group that lists “UK and US government agencies” among its clients.