Democrats are scurrying around like rats jumping from a sinking ship. They are in total panic mode after the DOJ and the FBI were ordered to turn over all spying documents on Stefan Halper. And with good reason too. They wanted to be able to protect Barack Obama but now they can’t.
The investigation into Trump/Russia collusion started on July 31st, 2016. But it is believed that the Halper documents will show he contacted Carter Page on July 11th, 2016. That will bring into question who ordered the spying. Did it come from the Oval Office or from one of the agencies he was in charge of? We may soon know.
The New York Times reported:
The White House has rebuffed concerns among American intelligence and law enforcement officials and ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used in 2016 to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to two American officials with knowledge of the decision.
Both the director of national intelligence and the director of the F.B.I. tried to keep the classified documents tightly restricted, fearing that a broader dissemination of operational reports and other sensitive material could lead to more leaks of detailed information about the role of the confidential F.B.I. informant.
Some American officials believe, in fact, the reason the White House made the decision was to provide political ammunition to President Trump’s Republican allies who have argued — without any evidence — that the F.B.I. investigation was opened in July 2016 as an effort to keep Mr. Trump from becoming president.
The White House declined to comment.
The F.B.I. files about the informant will now be available to all members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, instead of to just a group of congressional leaders known as the Gang of Eight. It is unclear whether Mr. Trump or a lower-level White House official authorized the move.
The controversy over the F.B.I. informant is one skirmish in a searing political battle that was renewed on Thursday during a contentious hearing convened by the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees that heard testimony from Peter Strzok, an F.B.I. agent who once ran the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign.
During the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. sent an informant to meet with two Trump campaign advisers after the bureau had received information that the two men had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. The informant, Stefan Halper, an American academic who teaches at Cambridge University in England, had meetings with both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos to gain a better understanding of their contacts with Russians.
The New York Times did not originally name Mr. Halper because of a general practice not to name confidential F.B.I. informants to preserve their safety. Mr. Halper’s name has now been widely reported.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.), and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Dan Coats asking him to withhold the information because it could give away methods used in investigations. That Schiff dared add his name to the mix is hilarious because he made the Democratic answer to the FISA investigation public after the FBI and the DOJ warned him about it. And that was released to everyone. This disclosure is for committee members only. If they don’t want it revealed, don’t let leaker Schiff know about it.