Leakers to the New York Times confirmed in a story published on Wednesday that the FBI had run a spy operation on the Trump campaign that involved government informants, secret subpoenas, and possible wiretaps.
obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said.
The Times‘ story also seems to conflict with what the FBI has previously maintained — that the investigation into the Trump campaign began with information that Papadopoulos had told an Australian diplomat he knew that Russians had stolen emails that would be embarrassing for Clinton.
Leakers told the Times that “within hours” of opening the investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, the FBI dispatched two agents to London to interview the Australian diplomat who had talked to Papadopoulos, meaning that the investigation had officially opened even before they interviewed him.
According to the Times, “intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate” the Russian government attack on the election, which involved the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team.
It's an embarrassment of an article. The @nytimes should be ashamed to be stenographers for biased FBI and DOJ officials
NYT: Strzok writes a message in sentence case, with calm, detached air implied
REALITY: "OMG" and the entire message in excited ALL CAPS pic.twitter.com/3AJGicwdjs
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) May 16, 2018