Thursday, May 10, 2018

Election security

Did the FBI Plant an Informant in the Trump Campaign?

“The Justice Department has refused to provide the documents,” what Nunes wants. “Intelligence officials say the material could jeopardize the source, a U.S. citizen who has aided the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.” Now, the fact that this is a U.S. citizen matters, because if the source here were foreign, then we would never reveal who it is or we would lose cooperation with foreign intelligence services.
So as a hypothetical, if the FBI had hired a foreign spy and implanted them in the Trump campaign — whatever this spy, whatever this informant reported could have ended up in the FISA warrant application along with the dossier — then I doubt even a court would require the name of the informant to be identified simply because of the risk we would run endangering relationships with the foreign government that the informant happened to be a citizen of.
But! But! Since he is a U.S. citizen, then all bets are off, and it is likely that someday we’re gonna know who this is. Let me read this to you again. “The Justice Department has refused to provide the documents” to Nunes. “Intelligence officials say the material [Nunes wants] could jeopardize the source, a U.S. citizen who has aided” the Mueller investigation. “The subpoena, which was reviewed by the Washington Post, demands ‘all documents referring or related to the individual referenced in Chairman Nunes’ April 24, 2018 classified letter to Attorney General Sessions.’

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