Just how did the FBI start its investigation into potential Russian collusion in the 2016 election? The Department of Justice explanation is that George Papadopoulos got too chatty in a bar, and Fusion GPS’ oppo researcher shared his information with his contacts at the FBI. That information led to a surveillance warrant from the FISA court, and the rest is history.
That may not be the rest of the history, however. Amid dueling claims of extortion and obstruction as well as a threat of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein, a potentially different origin story has emerged, Kimberly Strassel reports for the Wall Street Journal. The DoJ has been keeping a lid on a top-secret source at the center of this probe, and Strassel believes it’s a confidential informant placed by the FBI and/or the CIA within the Trump campaign.
In other words … a spy:
The bureau already has some explaining to do. Thanks to the Washington Post’s unnamed law-enforcement leakers, we know Mr. Nunes’s request deals with a “top secret intelligence source” of the FBI and CIA, who is a U.S. citizen and who was involved in the Russia collusion probe. When government agencies refer to sources, they mean people who appear to be average citizens but use their profession or contacts to spy for the agency. Ergo, we might take this to mean that the FBI secretly had a person on the payroll who used his or her non-FBI credentials to interact in some capacity with the Trump campaign.
Read more at Hot Air.