Not everyone who looks at Donald Trump and his administration with a critical eye are “Deep State” players, or some insidious, leftwing plant, bent on toppling the Trump dynasty.
Don’t believe the hype.
The name of the FBI source working with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race is pretty well known, now, and as it turns out, he’s got more Republican credentials under his belt than Trump has accumulated in his life.
His name is Stefan Halper. He’s a former professor emeritus at Cambridge University in England, and he’s got a long career of working for Republican presidents, through the years.
The Washington Post covered Halper’s career in an article posted on Tuesday.
The professor's career included positions in the White House as a domestic policy adviser for President Nixon and the chief of staff for President Ford, according to the Post.
Halper also reportedly served as a deputy assistant secretary of State in the Reagan administration. Halper and other aides were accused of spying on Jimmy Carter's campaign after Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, according to the Post, which added that the aides denied the accusations.
Halper’s addition to the Trump campaign came after (that’s after, not before) the FBI had already obtained evidence that there were members of Trump’s team who may have had some questionable contact with Russian operatives.
Think: Carter Page, and the “low-level coffee boy,” George Papadopoulos, for starters.
Halper has a considerable background. He’s certainly no hack.
Cambridge told the newspaper that Halper taught international affairs and American studies until 2015 and drew on his extensive government contacts to host intelligence officials for seminars with students.
Unfortunately, while lawmakers and the intelligence community stressed their concerns over having Halper’s name be made public (citing legal and security concerns), that didn’t stop a host of news sources from digging into, and eventually outing the professor.
I’d written of this previously, and even though I’d heard the name, I chose not to put it out there.
It would appear that it doesn’t matter, now. It’s already out there.
President Trump has gotten a considerable amount of mileage out of claiming that the FBI “embedded” an informant (Halper) with his campaign. That doesn’t seem to be the case, since Halper never did appear to make it in with Trump’s closest circle of advisers.
We’ll have to see if the concerns of the intelligence community have any weight behind them. Some have gone as far as to frame this as a constitutional crisis.