New York Times: FBI Sent An Agent To Spy On A Trump Aide In 2016

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, was the target of an F.B.I. investigation into connections between the campaign and Russia.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York Times

New York Times: F.B.I. Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016

WASHINGTON — The conversation at a London bar in September 2016 took a strange turn when the woman sitting across from George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, asked a direct question: Was the Trump campaign working with Russia?

The woman had set up the meeting to discuss foreign policy issues. But she was actually a government investigator posing as a research assistant, according to people familiar with the operation. The F.B.I. sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer to better understand the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.

The American government’s affiliation with the woman, who said her name was Azra Turk, is one previously unreported detail of an operation that has become a political flash point in the face of accusations by President Trump and his allies that American law enforcement and intelligence officials spied on his campaign to undermine his electoral chances. Last year, he called it “Spygate.”

The decision to use Ms. Turk in the operation aimed at a presidential campaign official shows the level of alarm inside the F.B.I. during a frantic period when the bureau was trying to determine the scope of Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 election, but could also give ammunition to Mr. Trump and his allies for their spying claims.

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Update: FBI sent undercover investigator to meet with Papadopoulos in 2016: report (The Hill)

WNU Editor: This is an explosive story and a follow up on a previous New York Time's report from last year .... New York Times Reveals How U.S. Intelligence And The Justice Department Targeted And Spied On The Trump Campaign During The Election Campaign (May 17, 2018). The New York Times is trying to rationalize why the FBI sent an agent to spy on a Trump aide, and in the process giving them cover for why they did it. Good luck on that. This is (again) another validation on previous claims by President Trump and his allies that American law enforcement and intelligence officials spied on his campaign to undermine his electoral chances. So why did the New York Times release this story today? To get ahead of Attorney General Barr's upcoming investigation on what precipitated the investigation/spy operation on the Trump campaign. To say that I smell panic in those who are afraid on what Attorney General Barr is going to find is an understatement.

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