In the ongoing media frenzy over Brett Kavanaugh and claims that he sexually assaulted a woman (or multiple women), many have forgotten about the Robert Mueller investigation, or the allegations surrounding ‘Spygate.’ One watchdog group is still looking at how the federal government under Barack Obama ended up investigating their political rivals.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Defense for documents concerning ‘Spygate’ insider Stefan Halper, the more than $1 million in Pentagon contracts he received, and related paperwork.
Professor Halper just happens to be the former University of Cambridge professor, with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, who spied on the Trump campaign. Perhaps all this media frenzy over Kavanaugh is nothing more than a blind to cover up this suit and the information it could uncover.
Between 2012, and 2018, Halper received more than $1 million in contracts from the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment.
Allegedly, that money was related to works he was to author for the DOD on countries such as China, Russia, and India.
However, some have suggested that the money could be related to his spying activities, specifically his interactions with George Papadopoulos.
Lovinger served as a former veteran of the ONA, where he worked for 12 years, before he was fired after he raised questions about the contracts awarded to Halper and a friend of Chelsea Clinton’s.
His security clearance was revoked months after he began raising his concerns about the questionable contracts.
He said that the American people wanted to know if the “Defense Department” was working with a corrupt “FBI, DOJ, and other Obama agencies” to carry out a plan to spy on the rival political party’s presidential campaign.
Fitton seemed confident that the lawsuit would shed light on it, and to what extent, the Pentagon was aware that Halper was spying on the presidential campaign, and if they were attempting to help finance his work.
So far, without the documents sought in this FOIA request, it is unclear if the Pentagon was helping to fund ‘Spygate’ related activities.
On September 2, 2016, Halper offered Papadopoulos $3,000 and a trip to London, England, to help him work on a paper concerning energy issues in Israel, Cyprus, and Turkey.
The Trump campaign member, who just happened to be an expert in that field, accepted the offer.
According to his account, while he was in London, Halper began to quiz him about Russian efforts to hack the democrats’ emails.
The paper was written, and as agreed, Papadopoulos received his $3,000 for the work.
Professor Halper, who had worked as a source for both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, also made contact with another Donald J. Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, with whom he met several times in person.
JW is seeking all documentation and records related to a contract granted to the professor on September 26, 2016, shortly after he met with George Papadopoulos. That request included all reports, analyses, abstracts, and summaries of the reports.
According to the Washington Times, Halper was caught in inconsistencies on at least one of the reports he ‘wrote.’
On a report about Chinese-Russian relations, a number of consultants and advisers were named who not only had no part in the report, but even had no applicable expertise.
Similarly, a professor from Princeton who was an expert on the Soviet Union, Jonathan Haslam, reported to the Times that he was never asked to take part in the study.
He also said that had he been asked, he would have refused anyway.
However, Haslam found it troubling that he was listed in a study which, in his own words, he “never participated in.”
This all raised numerous questions about the payments to Halper, as well as the reports that resulted from said payments.
Were they simply designed to be cover ways to pay the former ‘source’ for his time and information? Many hope the results of this Freedom of Information Act lawsuit will be informative.