- A top White House adviser reportedly recommended a person suspected to be an FBI informant on the Trump campaign for a senior position in the Trump administration.
- Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump’s top adviser on trade, recommended Stefan Halper for an ambassador role in Asia, Axios reported.
- The suspected FBI informant and foreign policy scholar has worked in previous Republican administrations and may have been a source for the FBI and CIA at other times.
A top White House adviser reportedly recommended the person now thought to have been an FBI informant on the Trump campaign for a senior position in the administration.
Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump’s top adviser on trade, pushed Stefan Halper for an ambassador role in Asia, the news website Axios reported.
Halper, an American professor who teaches in Britain, is now thought to have been an FBI informant on the Trump campaign. He had contact with campaign advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis several times during the 2016 election.
The suspected FBI informant and foreign policy scholar has worked in previous Republican administrations and may have been a source for the FBI and CIA at other times.
After reports an FBI informant had contacts with Trump campaign officials came out last week, the president took to Twitter and suggested his campaign had been spied on.
On Sunday, the president took things a step further.
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” he tweeted.
Trump on Monday met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to discuss that demand.
After the meeting on Monday, the White House said the Department of Justice has asked the inspector general to expand its current investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of Page to “include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump campaign.”
“It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
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