If this is true, it completely changes everything. Forget the Robert Mueller-led Russian probe. We need a special investigator for the FBI itself.
Kimberly Strassel just sent shockwaves through the nation’s capital with an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. In the piece, Strassel outlines the struggle the House Intelligence Committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, has had obtaining secret documents held by the FBI and the Department of Justice.
The stonewalling has been so bad, in fact, that Nunes has threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of Congress.
Yesterday, the DOJ finally handed over documents related to a top secret source that was used by the FBI in investigating the Trump campaign. Up until this point, few people have heard of this source. But it looks like congressional Republicans have been hot on the source’s trail, trying to find out who exactly has been feeding the DOJ with so much information about the Trump campaign.
House investigators nonetheless sniffed out a name, and Mr. Nunes in recent weeks issued a letter and a subpoena demanding more details. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s response was to double down—accusing the House of “extortion” and delivering a speech in which he claimed that “declining to open the FBI’s files to review” is a constitutional “duty.” Justice asked the White House to back its stonewall. And it even began spinning that daddy of all superspook arguments—that revealing any detail about this particular asset could result in “loss of human lives.”
This is desperation, and it strongly suggests that whatever is in these files is going to prove very uncomfortable to the FBI.
Kimberly Strassel thinks the FBI had a spy in Trump’s campaign and she thinks she knows the spy’s name. https://t.co/af1JeOAcAj
— SRobHartkopf (@srobhartkopf) May 11, 2018
This is where it gets juicy. Strassel uses all the information we know of the DOJ’s investigation of the Trump campaign, which goes all the way back to 2016, to deduce that a campaign staff member may have been a mole.
The bureau already has some explaining to do. Thanks to the Washington Post’s unnamed law-enforcement leakers, we know Mr. Nunes’s request deals with a “top secret intelligence source” of the FBI and CIA, who is a U.S. citizen and who was involved in the Russia collusion probe. When government agencies refer to sources, they mean people who appear to be average citizens but use their profession or contacts to spy for the agency. Ergo, we might take this to mean that the FBI secretly had a person on the payroll who used his or her non-FBI credentials to interact in some capacity with the Trump campaign.
That should be setting alarms off in your head. If the FBI put a mole on the Trump campaign, it will totally discredit the Mueller investigation. How can the FBI be trusted if it clandestinely spies on domestic political campaigns?
There’s also the slight issue that if there has indeed been a mole feeding the DOJ with information, that means the FBI lied about why it began investigating the Trump campaign, to begin with.
This looks really bad for the FBI. Really bad.
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