FBI Plant Stephen Halper lied about Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and then his lie was leaked to the press.
â€œFlynn was pushed out by Obama and then became a thorn in the side of Obama and the Clintons when he joined the Trump campaign,â€ said a former senior intelligence source with knowledge of what happened. â€œThe investigation into Trump didnâ€™t start with Carter Page or George Papadapolous, but with Flynn. Flynn was already on the CIA and Clinton target list. Those same people sure as hell didnâ€™t want him in the White House and they sure as hell didnâ€™t want Trump to win.â€
Flynnâ€™s career with Trump ended as quickly as it came. He was forced to resign as Trumpâ€™s National Security Advisor 27 days after taking the job. The highly classified conversation between Flynn and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post in January 2017 and he was later questioned by the FBI on that conversation. According to former FBI Director James Comey, the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he was lying, but in the end, Flynn pled guilty to one count of lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He had already spent more than $1 million in lawyers fees and sold his home to help with the debt. According to sources, Flynnâ€™s family was being threatened by the Mueller team.
Halperâ€™s involvement in the bureauâ€™s investigation started much earlier than the FBIâ€™s opening of its Crossfire investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016. He was already providing information on Page, Papadopolous, and Flynn earlier that year.
And it was in 2016 when Halper had told the FBI that he witnessed concerning interactions between Russian academic, Svetlana Lokhova, and Flynn at the February 2014 seminar dinner. This suspicion â€“ without any proof â€“ was then leaked to papers in London and eventually discussed in the U.S. media.Â Lokhova told theÂ BBC in May 2017Â that when she first saw the allegations raised in the media she thought it was a joke.
Numerous sources with knowledge of the allegations Halper made about Flynn, said that they were â€œabsolutelyâ€ false and that Flynn and Lokhova only spoke for a short time at the dinner. Several email exchanges between Lokhova, Flynn and his assistant that took place after the dinner were generic in nature, as Flynn had asked her for a copy of a historical 1930s postcard she had brought to the seminar.
â€œBut it didnâ€™t matter that it wasnâ€™t the truth,â€ said the former senior intelligence official. â€œIt was already out there because of Halperâ€™s allegations and the constant leaking and lying of false stories of those to the media.â€