Is the FBI lying about when the investigation of the Trump campaign began? That’s the question at the heart of a fascinating edtiorial by the Wall Street Journal. I’ve pieced together some excerpts here:
Multiple media sources have now confirmed that American academic Stefan Halper is the “top secret” informant the FBI asked to sidle up to Trump campaign officials in 2016. Some questions follow: Who asked Mr. Halper to keep tabs on the Trump officials, and when and why?
The answers go to the credibility of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s claim that it didn’t open an official counterintelligence probe into Trump-Russia collusion until July 31, 2016. The answers might also show if Obama Administration officials knew about this mission, or if political actors working for the Clinton campaign such as Fusion GPS played a role.
Mr. Page tells us he actually met Mr. Halper in mid-July, at a symposium at England’s University of Cambridge, where Mr. Halper is an emeritus professor. Mr. Page says the invitation to that event came much earlier—the end of May or early June. . . . the event was supported by Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies—Mr. Halper’s department
Another noteworthy participant was Sir Richard Dearlove. Sir Richard, a Cambridge alumnus, spent a near-40-year career at the British intelligence service, MI6, rising to its chief from 1999 to 2004. As such he overlapped with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, who was recruited by MI6 after graduating from Cambridge in the late 1980s. Sir Richard is also friendly with Mr. Halper.
So it looks like the spying on the Trump campaign began earlier than the FBI says it started its investigation.
This raises a couple of possibilities. One, the FBI for some reason is lying about when it began its probe. Or, the FBI started fishing around, at the direction of someone, got some information, and then launched its investigation.
Or . . . someone other than the FBI, like the Clinton campaign or someone in the Obama administration – or each working together – was spying on the Trump campaign and then brought the FBI in when they decided the found something.
I’m speculating. The possibilities are many. But something is not right.
And let’s be clear, if a Republican administration was spying on a Democratic campaign, the outrage in the media would be boundless.