Chaffetz: Informant Placed in 2016 Trump Campaign Is 'Spying by the Very Definition'
Former Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz said Saturday that reports of an FBI informant who was placed inside the 2016 Trump campaign is "spying by the very definition."
A New York Times report stated that the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia began in the summer of 2016 and was code-named Crossfire Hurricane.
The report also stated that "at least one government informant met several times" with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
"That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials," the report said.
"If you have someone that is going proactively, spending money to go talk to somebody you know is involved in a political campaign just to be an 'informant' from the Obama administration ... that's spying by the very definition," Chaffetz said on "Fox & Friends."
A Washington Post story about the informant said the source was used by the FBI to protect the Trump campaign, rather than try to find ties to Russia.
"The real question isn’t why the FBI apparently tried to obtain intelligence from within Trump’s campaign, though — it’s why the bureau didn’t do so more aggressively and directly," Asha Rangappa wrote.
Chaffetz said that the reports regarding the informant are a "precursor" to upcoming, yet-to-be-revealed information.
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