Senate Committee Subpoenas ‘Spygate’ Professor Stefan Halper

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  • Sen. Ron Johnson has subpoenaed longtime FBI supply Stefan Halper to seem earlier than the Senate Homeland Safety Committee on Oct. 20. 
  • Halper is a key determine in what President Donald Trump has dubbed ‘Spygate.’ 
  • The FBI used Halper to fulfill with and secretly report Trump marketing campaign aides in 2016. 

The Senate Homeland Safety Committee subpoenaed former Cambridge professor Stefan Halper this week to seem earlier than the panel on Oct. 20 to testify about his function within the FBI’s investigation of the Trump marketing campaign.

Halper, a longtime FBI confidential human supply (CHS), met with three Trump marketing campaign advisers on the bureau’s behalf throughout Crossfire Hurricane, secretly recording two of them.

Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the committee, approved the subpoena for Halper on Monday. Halper is required to show over paperwork associated to the FBI investigation by Oct. 14 and seem for a deposition on Oct. 20.

The subpoena seeks Halper’s paperwork associated to Crossfire Hurricane, a Justice Division inspector normal’s (IG) investigation of that probe, and the so-called “unmasking” of Trump associates in 2016 and early 2017.

The Washington Examiner reported the subpoena on Tuesday.

Halper is known as “Supply 2” in an IG report on Crossfire Hurricane. The report didn’t determine Halper by title, however the Each day Caller Information Basis had beforehand reported particulars of his conferences with Trump aides Carter Web page and George Papadopoulos that matched Halper.

In line with the IG report, Halper started working as a CHS in 2008, however was temporarily suspended as a source in 2011 resulting from issues about “aggressiveness” and since he confirmed “quesitonable allegiance” to one among his intelligence targets.

He first met Carter Web page at an occasion held on the College of Cambridge on July 10, 2016, three weeks earlier than the FBI official opened Crossfire Hurricane.

In line with the IG report, Halper and his FBI handler, Steven Somma, mentioned that the assembly was an opportunity encounter with Web page and never a part of his work for the FBI.

Investigators on Crossfire Hurricane met with Halper for the primary time on Aug. 10, 2016 and requested him if he was prepared to fulfill with and secretly report Web page, an vitality advisor who joined the Trump marketing campaign in March 2016.

Halper agreed to assist the FBI within the investigation, and met with Web page at his dwelling in Virginia on Aug. 20, 2016, based on the IG report.

Halper reached out to Papadopoulos on Sept. 1, 2016 beneath the guise of discussing a tutorial paper on vitality points within the Mediterranean Sea. Halper supplied the Trump adviser $3,000 to fulfill in London to debate writing the paper. The pair met on Sept. 15, 2016. Halper was accompanied by an undercover authorities agent who glided by the title Azra Turk.

Whereas he served as an FBI informant, Halper obtained greater than $1 million in contracts from the Pentagon’s assume tank, the Workplace of Web Evaluation, to jot down coverage papers  on geopolitical points in China, India and Russia. Senate Republicans have questioned Halper’s relationship with ONA and its director, James Baker.

Halper has additionally come beneath scrutiny over his actions at Cambridge, the place he developed shut ties to Richard Dearlove, the previous chief of MI6.

Halper and Dearlove co-convened the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, which hosted present and former intelligence officers from the West and Russia.

An unidentified CHS offered info to the Crossfire Hurricane staff relating to Michael Flynn’s go to to the seminar in February 2014, when he served as director of the Protection Intelligence Company. In line with an FBI memo lately launched in Flynn’s authorized case, the CHS instructed investigators that Flynn left the occasion with a Russian lady.

Svetlana Lokhova, who was a scholar at Cambridge, has mentioned she believes she is the individual in query, although she vehemently denies any improper contacts with Flynn.

Lokhova believes she is the individual referenced within the Flynn memo due to information stories that appeared in The Wall Road Journal and The Guardian in March 2017 that mentioned that American and British intelligence officers had been involved about her interactions with Flynn on the Cambridge occasion.

The FBI’s lead agent on the Flynn investigation wrote in a memo on Jan. 4, 2017 that he investigated the allegation about Flynn however discovered nothing to recommend any wrongdoing on the retired normal’s half.

The FBI agent, William Barnett, instructed federal prosecutors final month that the data from the FBI supply relating to Flynn was probably inaccurate.

“BARNETT discovered the thought FLYNN may go away an occasion, both by himself or [redacted] with out the matter being famous as not believable,” reads an FBI memo of an interview with Barnett on Sept. 17.

“With nothing to corroborate the story, BARNETT thought the data was not correct.”

An legal professional for Halper didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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