by Sharon Rondeau
(May 14, 2018) — On Monday’s edition of “Hannity,” investigative journalist Sara A. Carter expanded on the theory that an “intelligence source” with ties to both the FBI and the CIA acted as a “mole” to gain inside information on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
Carter said that the FBI had requested the informant to assume that role. She reminded viewers that Speaker of the Houe Paul Ryan had “been screaming mad” that the existence of the informant had been withheld from congressional investigators. “This is the reason why Chairman Nunes was so adamant on retrieving the information on this intelligence source,” Carter added, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and his multiple requests to the Justice Department and FBI for documents relating to the “Russia” investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.
Carter said that because of its “highly classified” nature, the release of the person’s name would have to be approved by the U.S. “national security apparatus.”
The discussion, hosted by host Sean Hannity and including two other guests, emanated from an article published on Thursday by Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal, who suggested that a mole or “spy” was intentionally placed either inside the Trump campaign or in a position to gather information about its inner workings.
“The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday when it agreed to brief House Intelligence Committee members about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source’s name, the news so far holds some stunning implications,” the article began.
Later in the article, Strassel said she was relatively sure of the person’s identity but would not reveal it until she receives confirmation of it.
During the first hour of his show on Monday, radio host Rush Limbaugh spoke about the alleged planted source, hypothesizing that confirmation of the informant’s existence is currently sought by Nunes from the FBI and DOJ.
Limbaugh mused that the informant is an “Oxford professor” with dual UK-U.S. citizenship who opposed Trump’s candidacy and has previously been an informant for the FBI and CIA. He also referred to an article in The Daily Caller dated March 25, 2018 which, although not invoking the possibility of an “informant,” nevertheless presented connections among parties connected to the Trump campaign and the Mueller investigation.
On Thursday, Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy met with Justice and FBI officials about obtaining the intelligence but were reportedly not shown the actual documentation.
As reported by Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge on Monday, Gowdy and Nunes accused Justice of “launching anonymous attacks” on a congressional staffer who had been instrumental in composing a four-page memo released in early February alleging that “abuse” of the federal FISA law had occurred among certain DOJ and FBI officials.
It has been reported that the “Russia/Trump dossier” provided the bulk of the “evidence” presented to the FISC by FBI and DOJ officials when requesting warrants between October 2016 and March 2017 to collect the communications of Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page, who has business dealings in Russia.
Despite four approved warrants, Page has not been charged with a crime.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.