(Liberty Bell) – On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security Committee will be holding a vote on subpoenas for 41 witnesses as part of the panel’s broad review of the Obama intelligence agency’s probe into the Trump campaign in 2015.
Among the subpoenas sought by Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) is one for the notorious Stefan Halper (pictured above), the former Cambridge professor who worked as a confidential source for the FBI during the Trump-Russia investigation.
BizPac Review notes that the committee voted along party lines to authorize subpoenas to compel testimony from 35 witnesses.
On Monday, Politico published an updated list of witnesses that Johnson would also like to bring before the committee, including Halper and the FBI agent who worked with him, Steven Somma.
Ranking member of the committee, Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), declared he opposed Johnson’s granting of the subpoenas in a letter to the chairman on Monday.
BPR explains that Halper has long been one of the key figures of the suspicious origins of the Trump-Russia probe:
Republicans have questioned the FBI’s relationship with Halper, who has worked for four Republican administrations.
The FBI tapped Halper to meet with and secretly record three Trump campaign advisers: Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis.
Halper first met Page on July 10, 2016, at a political event at the University of Cambridge. The FBI did not officially open Crossfire Hurricane until July 31, 2016.
FBI officials denied to investigators with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) that Halper was working on the bureau’s behalf when he had his first contact with Page. The FBI directed Halper’s second meeting with Page, which occurred on Aug. 20, 2016.
Halper reached out to Papadopoulos in early September 2016 under the guise of meeting to discuss energy issues related to the Middle East.
Halper lured Papadopoulos to London to discuss writing an academic paper for $3,000 on energy issues. During their meetings in London, Halper plied Papadopoulos about the Trump campaign’s possible contacts with Russia, according to a declassified transcript of their conversations.
While Halper served as an FBI source, he received more than $1 million in contracts from the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment to produce academic studies on geopolitical issues involving Russia, China and India.
Both Page and Papadopoulos denied to Halper that the campaign was coordinating with Russia before the election. But according to an IG report, Somma, the FBI handling agent for Halper, failed to disclose that information in applications to conduct surveillance on Carter Page.
The IG report said that Somma was “primarily responsible” for several other failures in the course of the Trump-Russia investigation.
He also participated in the first interview with Igor Danchenko, on of Steele’s sources for his salacious dossier.
The IG report revealed that the agents conducting this interview failed to disclose in applications for surveillance warrants against Page that Danchenko had made statements that cast doubt on the credibility of the dossier.
As we have long known, the FBI relied heavily on Steele’s “intelligence” for their probe.
While the IG report does not credit Halper with any wrongdoing, it does note that the professor, “Source 2” as he is identified, became an FBI source back in 2008.
In 2011, however, he was briefly ousted as a source after showing “questionable allegiance” to an intelligence target.
Johnson is also seeking interviews and documents from the biggest names in the Spygate scandal, including James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok.