Who’s idea was it to use government assets to spy on the Trump for president campaign? That is the question to which U.S. Attorney John Durham is seeking answers, and it is the one that has people in the Central Intelligence Agency nervous.
The current head of the agency is cooperating with the probe.
Sources briefed on the plans told The Times that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is leading the DOJ review, wants to speak with a senior CIA counterintelligence official and a senior CIA analyst who handled intelligence about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Attorney General William Barr is interested in finding out more about the sources the CIA relied on to assess Russia’s goals in interfering in the election, according to The Times. He also wants to know about intelligence the CIA provided the FBI in summer 2016, including about Americans associated with the Trump campaign.
One of the officials sought for an interview worked at a CIA counterintelligence mission center that worked closely with the FBI.
CIA Director Gina Haspel does not plan to block the interviews, according to The Times.
And that has many people in the agency worried since Haspel most likely will not have their backs.
This particular investigation, with the possibility of criminal charges in the mix, is not the only one going on as to how the spying actually went down.
The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General is already investigating the FBI’s use of the unverified Steele dossier in applications for surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The FBI also relied on at least one longtime informant, Stefan Halper, to make contact with Trump aides, including Page and George Papadopoulos.
All of it is very confusing, but the bottom line seems to be that someone in the Obama Administration signed off on spying on Trump prior to the election, and the Attorney General wants to know who it was.
Stay tuned. This one is not going away.