WaTimes: The FBI used a female informant to try to pry information from a Trump campaign adviser during the 2016 elections, The New York Times reported Thursday, fueling allegations that the Obama administration spied on a political opponent.
The woman was deployed to meet with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign, at a London bar as part of the FBI’s investigation into alleged coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, the newspaper reported.
“There is a word for this in the English language: spying,” said Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager for the upcoming election. “For two years, Democrats and their allies in the media have lied to the American people about the Russia collusion hoax, when all along the real scandal was the Obama administration using the Justice Department to spy on a political adversary’s campaign.”
Papadopoulos said Thursday he’s not sure the woman, who gave her name as “Azra Turk,” was FBI. He figures she was more likely CIA, who he said was probably working with Turkish intelligence.
He said Ms. Turk’s name, her attractiveness and her poor command of English all convinced him she wasn’t the research assistant she claimed to be.
“She was CIA and affiliated with Turkish intel,” he said on Twitter.
In a post hours later he speculated on an “Obama WH/CIA/FBI” plot, saying “the ultimate goal was to overthrow Trump.”
Papadopoulos was in London at the behest of Stefan Halper, a Cambridge University professor who was also acting on behalf of the FBI to try to glean information from the Trump advisor.
The day after Ms. Turk tried to talk to him at the bar, she and Mr. Halper met together with him at what he told congressional investigators was “some diplomatic hangout” in London.
Their attempts failed to glean any useful information, but Papadopoulos said he sensed things were off. keep reading.