A new bombshell report reveals that the FBI may have had a mole embedded in the Trump campaign.
In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Kimberly Strassel unpacked some stunning developments in the battle between the Department of Justice and House Intelligence Committee members.
House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, D-Calif., and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., received a classified briefing at the DOJ on Thursday, viewing classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI probe of the Trump campaign.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 11, 2018
According to Strassel’s Wall Street Journal piece:
The department knew full well it should have turned this material over to congressional investigators last year, but instead deliberately concealed it.
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.
Nunes could not view the information because it apparently “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI,” The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Quite hypocritical of DOJ/FBI and IC when you think of all the major leaks they’re responsible for (Carter Page FISA being Exhibit A) https://t.co/cN6SFLKg5l
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) May 10, 2018
It’s worth noting again that DOJ deliberately leaked to the Washington Post specific biographical and professional information that could publicly identify and endanger its “top secret” source while pretending it wanted only to protect the source. pic.twitter.com/cbAfeiblPs
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 11, 2018
“This would amount to spying, and it is hugely disconcerting. It would also be a major escalation from the electronic surveillance we already knew about, which was bad enough,” Strassel noted. “Now we find it may have also been rolling out human intelligence, John Le Carré style, to infiltrate the Trump campaign.”
The fact this question has to be seriously considered, and may well prove true, illustrates just how disastrous the actions of a hyper-politicized FBI/DOJ and IC have been for both the rule of law and our national security. Who is eviscerating norms? Who is imperiling democracy? https://t.co/MXSnF6vUfM
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) May 11, 2018
“I believe I know the name of the informant, but my intelligence sources did not provide it to me and refuse to confirm it,” Strassel wrote. ” It would therefore be irresponsible to publish it.”
“But what is clear is that we’ve barely scratched the surface of the FBI’s 2016 behavior, and the country will never get the straight story until President Trump moves to declassify everything possible,” she concluded. “It’s time to rip off the Band-Aid.”
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