The Washington Post reports that in addition to meeting with Trump campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, an informant who offered to provide foreign policy advice also met with Trump’s campaign co-chair Sam Clovis. The New York Times reported Friday that the source, who has worked in Britain, is well known in Washington circles and has for years acted as an informant for the CIA.
The use of informants is relatively common, and is typically used in methods of intelligence gathering, but the recent disclosure has given rise to claims by some GOP lawmakers and Trump allies that the previous administration planted a ‘mole’ to dig up dirt. FBI agents sent the informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes subpoenaed the Justice Department for documents related to the source, and in addition, Trump recently tweeted that the former administration improperly spied on his campaign and called the action “bigger than Watergate”.