Reports: FBI's informant talked to multiple Trump campaign aides

Source: CNN | May 18, 2018 | Clare Foran

Washington (CNN) – The FBI dispatched an informant to speak with at least two advisers to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after the bureau obtained evidence that the aides had ties to Russia, according to multiple reports Friday.

Citing individuals familiar with the matter, The New York Times reported on Friday the informant interacted with Trump campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. The newspaper said it has uncovered the identity of the informant, who it described as “an American academic who teaches in Britain,” but noted that it “typically does not name informants to preserve their safety.”

The Washington Post reported the source met with Sam Clovis, the Trump campaign’s co-chairman, to talk about relations with China, in addition to Page and Papadopoulos. Clovis’ attorney told the Post Russia never came up in their conversation.

CNN has previously reported that a confidential intelligence source was not planted inside the Trump campaign to provide information to investigators, according to US officials, despite the President’s suggestion in recent days that an FBI informant was embedded in his campaign.

“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted on Friday.

The Times reported there is no evidence that the informant “acted improperly” or that “agents veered from the F.B.I.’s investigative guidelines and began a politically motivated inquiry, which would be illegal.”

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