By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Undaunted by the sham impeachment of President Donald Trump playing out in his chamber, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing to dig into the origins of “Spygate.”
As reported by Sara A. Carter, Grassley — head of the Senate Finance Committee — drafted and sent a letter Wednesday to the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment in search of details on Defense Department contracts with FBI informant Prof. Stefan Halper, known to have been spying on at least three 2016 Trump campaign aides.
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The expansive nature of Grassleyâ€™s investigation is significant and coincides â€“ but is separate â€“ with an ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice appointed prosectorÂ John Durhamâ€™s criminal probeÂ into the matter,Â as first reportedÂ by SaraACarter.com.
Durhamâ€™s criminal investigationÂ into the FBI, CIA, as well as private entities connected to the bureauâ€™s investigation into the Trump campaign and now debunked theory that it colluded with Russia, has also expanded to the Office of Net Assessment. Known by its acronym ONA, the secretive office is run by Director James Baker, who has been in the role since being appointed by the Obama Administration in 2015.
In the letter to Baker Grassley asks a litany of questions as to Halperâ€™s role within ONA, his contracts, his foreign contacts and whether the FBI, or other agencies, used the ONA office to pay Halper for spying on Trump campaign personnel.
â€œCan ONA state for certain that Halper did not use taxpayer money provided by DoD to recruit, or attempt to recruit, sources for the FBI investigation into the now-debunked theory of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,â€ Grassley asks.
As we previously reported, it’s a mystery as to how Halper wound up spying on the Trump campaign since he’s historically been aÂ Republican deep state asset:
…Halper as an FBI asset would have been under very deep cover; the only ones who would know he was on assignment were the few FBI agents actually working the case â€” and the brass at the time (that would very likely have included Obama).
So we know four things: 1) Halper is a Republican operative; 2) Heâ€™s likely experienced in spying on political campaigns; 3) Heâ€™s worked for the FBI; and 4) Heâ€™s a CIA asset.
What weÂ donâ€™t knowÂ at this juncture isÂ who tapped him to spy on or otherwise infiltrate the Trump campaign?
Who would tap aÂ Republican operativeÂ to spy on aÂ Republican presidential campaign? It would have had to have been someone who has used Halper in the past and who trusted him â€” and who, perhaps, was like-minded and equally offended that a â€œrogueâ€ like Trump could win the GOP nomination, let alone the White House.
Was it â€˜Republicanâ€™ James Comey? â€˜Republicanâ€™ Rod Rosenstein? And just how does â€˜Republicanâ€™ Robert Mueller, who would eventually be named special counselÂ afterÂ ComeyÂ admitted he purposely leaked his memosÂ toÂ spur a special counsel investigation,Â fit into this equation?
According to Carter’s sources, Halper has already been questioned by investigators working for Durham.
As for Grassley, Carter notes that he’s been digging into this for about a year:
…[W]hen heÂ requestedÂ that the â€œDoD Inspector General (IG) review allegations of mismanagement by ONA contracts for political, improper or wasteful activities.â€ The Senator â€œlaterÂ sought informationÂ about ONA contracting processes following aÂ DoD IG auditÂ of the program, which found that ONA could not provide sufficient documentation that Halper conducted all of his work in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The Pentagon issued aÂ corrective action planÂ for ONA in august.â€
Justice Department Kerry Kupec told this reporter that she could not comment on Durhamâ€™s ongoing investigation.
What we do know from Grassleyâ€™s office is that the investigation is focused on the ONAâ€™s â€œcontract compliance after reviewing troubling documents related to contracts awarded to Professor Stefan Halper.â€
â€œThose documents call into question ONAâ€™s stewardship of taxpayer dollars as well as its contract management and internal controls,â€ a press release on the matter stated.
This is where Halperâ€™s role with ONA â€œbecomes highly suspicious and his contracts coincide with his spying on the Trump campaign,â€ said one former government official, familiar with the matter. Â Halper was an integral part of the FBIâ€™s investigation in 2016 into short-term Trump campaign volunteer,Â Carter PageÂ and George Papadopolous. Halperâ€™s Cambridge Intelligence Seminar was also connected to Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn,Â when in April, 2014 Flynn, who was then head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was invited as a guest to London, England. Flynn would later be at the center of false stories accusing him of being a Russian asset and wrapping Russian born British academicÂ Svetlana LokhovaÂ into the false stories.
Lokhova, who recently spoke to The Sara Carter Show, said Halper did so because he is â€˜the dirty tricksterâ€™ used to target, spy and spread disinformation in an attempt to target President Trump.
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