Documents that were declassified on the day before former President Donald Trump left office show that the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was an extensive intelligence operation that had failed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in mind.
“The Crossfire Hurricane investigative team is attempting to determine if anyone in the Trump campaign is in a position to have received information either directly or indirectly from the Russian Federation regarding the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton,” a declassified memo said, according to Just the News.
Documents declassified by Trump cover reports that concern the activities of Stefan Halper, an FBI informant.
The reports show that soon after the FBI began its Russia collusion investigation in July 2016, information was being sought on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, foreign policy adviser Sam Clovis, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, economic adviser Peter Navarro, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and campaign adviser Carter Page.
The FBI urged Halper to rely on surreptitious recordings to gather information, lie about wanting to work for the Trump campaign and gave him questions to be asked of those with whom he came in contact.
Former FBI Assistant Director for Intelligence Kevin Brock said the information about Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos that was being used in the investigation failed to meet accepted FBI standards, based on his review of the electronic communications that were released, which he referred to as “ECs.”
“Normally when the FBI opens an investigation on a U.S. citizen, it has specific facts justifying an investigation of that person,” Brock said.
“But here what the ECs are saying is they don’t know who is involved and they are just conjecturing that someone in the Trump campaign might be in a position to receive help from Russia. You just can’t open a full field investigation on conjecture.”
“If you look at the FBI’s ECs dispassionately, there is no clearly predicated basis for investigation for U.S. citizens, so it looks instead like subterfuge to justify an open-ended inquiry. The only sane, logical explanation why the Crossfire Hurricane team would doggedly perpetuate such an unfounded investigation is political bias,” he added.
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