New York Times Reveals How U.S. Intelligence And The Justice Department Targeted And Spied On The Trump Campaign During The Election Campaign

Days after the F.B.I. closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton in 2016, agents began scrutinizing the presidential campaign of her Republican rival, Donald J. Trump.CreditAl Drago for The New York Times

New York Times: Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation

WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.

Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.

The agents summarized their highly unusual interview and sent word to Washington on Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the investigation was opened. Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation. But at the time, a small group of F.B.I. officials knew it by its code name: Crossfire Hurricane.

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Update: Comey's FBI had a mole in Trumpworld, 'dirty dossier' firm boss told senators in secret 2017 grilling – and his lawyer insisted this year that he 'stands by his testimony' (Daily Mail)

WNU Editor: The Justice Department's Inspector Generals' report is coming out soon .... these leaks to the New York Times is to provide cover for what is about to be exposed. What I find amazing about this story is the lack of outrage. That under a sitting President his FBI and intelligence services decided to spy on an opponent in the middle of a Presidential campaign and to plant a mole(s). For me .... this is the biggest scandal of my lifetime. I mean .... this is expected in Russia, and I know this is exactly how someone like Putin keeps power. But this is the U.S. that I am talking .... and all of this is now being exposed by the New York Times itself .... minus the outrage. But make no mistake about it. The New York Times knows what is happening .... that everything they invested in since the election on the President Trump narrative is now falling apart.

Update #2: According to the Washington Post .... nothing to see here, move on .... Is Trump’s rhetoric about an informant in his campaign warranted? (Washington Post).

Update #3: This is what everyone is afraid of .... Inspector General Report On Clinton Email Probe About To Drop, Now In Final Review (Zero Hedge).

Update #4: Not surprising .... President Trump is all over this ....

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