A secret Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who has come into the spotlight in recent days reportedly met with three advisers to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran Trump asking aides whether he should proceed with North Korea summit: report Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all MORE's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
The Times reported Friday that the source, whom it described as an academic who has worked in Britain, is well known in Washington circles and has acted as an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency for years.
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Clovis' attorney, Victoria Toensing, told the Post that Clovis met with the informant for coffee once in late summer of 2016 just outside of D.C.
The New York Times dropped a story Friday evening pushing back against Trump's claims that the informant was actually a "spy", and acknowledged it knew who the "informant" is.
"You can't do this to political campaigns", Nunes said.More news: 'A Lot' Of Gunfire Exchanged Between Texas Shooting Suspect & Police
A number of Trump outside advisers - including former chief strategist Stephen Bannon - have stepped up their attacks on the Department of Justice, calling for it to release more documents to the White House while saying a confidential source has worked against Trump.
Congressional Republicans have sought the identity of the informant, but FBI Director Christopher Wray told them Wednesday, "the day that we can't protect human sources is the day the American people start becoming less safe". Halper, now 73-years-old, has maintained strongly connected to the Bush family.
Ross's sources would not confirm or deny that Halper was the source, but confirmed his name "has popped up in some capacity in the Russian Federation matter".More news: The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, And The Guests
"This would be the culmination of the investigation into the president", Giuliani said.
He said they learned that from unnamed "people", adding, "we don't know if they are right or not". As part of the operation, code-named Crossfire Hurricane, the F.B.I. also began investigating Mr. Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his future national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. George W. Bush's Central Intelligence Agency and NSA director, Gen. Michael Hayden, pronounced Trump a "clear and present danger" to USA national security and then, less than a week before the election, went to the Washington Post to warn that "Donald Trump really does sound a lot like Vladimir Putin" and said Trump is "the useful fool, some naif, manipulated by Moscow, secretly held in contempt, but whose blind support is happily accepted and exploited".
Shortly after the tweet, the department of justice announced it had asked its inspector general, an internal but autonomous investigator, to expand an ongoing review to "include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election".More news: Bernie Sanders to Seek Re-election
George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns.