As part of a “counterintelligence inquiry,” the FBI sent an “investigator posing as a research assistant” to meet with a Trump aide in London in 2016, according to a new report by the New York Times.
President Donald Trump had repeatedly spoken out about spying claims against the intelligence agency, calling its operation against his campaign: “Spygate.”
After this blockbuster report by the New York Times, it appears that Trump and his allies may have some legitimate ammunition against the FBI.
A woman posing as a Cambridge researcher was actually a government investigator sent by the FBI to London as part of a counterintelligence inquiry that was opened in the summer of 2016 to investigate potential links between Donald Trump campaign and Russia, according to people familiar with the operation, the New York Times reported.
The woman has been identified as Azra Turk, and was previously unacknowledged by the FBI, according to the Times.
The meeting, which took place in a London bar, involved Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, according to sources.
During the meeting, the woman moved the topic of the conversation from its purported purpose, which was foreign policy issues, to her directly asking Papadopoulos: “Was the Trump campaign working with Russia?”
In October 2017, Papadopoulos pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
Despite Trump repeatedly berating the New York Times as “fake news,” the President did an abrupt about-face praising the media outlet.
Trump wrote on Twitter: “Finally, Mainstream Media is getting involved – too “hot” to avoid. Pulitzer Prize anyone? The New York Times, on front page (finally), “Details effort to spy on Trump Campaign.” @foxandfriends This is bigger than WATERGATE, but the reverse!”