Harf: Trump Moving Closer to 'Constitutional Crisis' With Meddling in Mueller Probe

Judy Cobb
May 23, 2018

Comey has publicly asserted he believed Trump tried to interfere in the FBI's investigation when the president asked if Comey could "let go" of a case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"There was no indication or no inclination that this was anything other than just wanting to offer up his help to the campaign if I needed it", Clovis said on a radio show in Iowa, as highlighted by CNN.

Halper is in the news because Trump and his allies in Congress have made his activities a target in their attempts to investigate (and, you could argue, undermine) the Russian Federation investigation of Trump's campaign.

Without substantiation, Trump tweeted in March 2017 that former President Barack Obama had conducted surveillance the previous October at Trump Tower, the NY skyscraper where Trump ran his campaign and transition and maintains a residence.

Peter Navarro, who is reportedly feuding with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over trade talks, allegedly suggested that the suspected Federal Bureau of Investigation informant on the Trump campaign be recommended for a senior role in the administration, Axios reported on Monday.

The funds did not go exclusively to Halper, who hired other academics and experts to conduct research and prepare reports, according to US government officials. "We the people, the Congress, have given the executive branch a lot of power in this very important law".

Rudy Giuliani, who has represented the president for the last month during which he has given numerous interviews in defense of Trump, told The New York Times on Sunday that Mueller's investigators laid out a timeline to him of how the probe would progress while discussing a potential interview of the president. Trump spoke of the universal respect for Haspel, the milestone of her becoming the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, and her overcoming of "very negative politics" during the confirmation process.

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That Halper would be considered for a job in a Republican administration isn't surprising.

After the 1980 race, Halper was caught up in a scandal around alleged political spying. They were accused of stealing documents then-President Jimmy Carter used to prepare for a debate against Reagan. Halper called the reports at the time "absolutely false" and has long denied the accusations.

Despite working for Bush's father and donating about US$85,000 to Bush's first presidential campaign, Halper soon became a critic of the Iraq War. Most friends describe him as a moderate Republican who is hawkish on China and deeply committed to USA institutions, having worked for years inside and around the federal government.

In a class taught by Halper that the Post's Robert Costa took in 2009 at the University of Cambridge in England, Halper "often raised questions about Bush's decisions and embraced a traditional Republican approach to foreign policy that emphasised long-standing Western alliances and limited foreign intervention".

Halper has spent considerable time focused on China over the past decade, publishing "The Beijing Consensus: Legitimizing Authoritarianism in our Time" in 2010 that warned of China's attempts to build an economic and industrial presence in Africa and elsewhere as a threat to global stability.

But Halper also had a secret role before Navarro was promoting him to the Trump White House. This news comes after President Maduro won a second term on Sunday in what the USA government called a "sham" election.

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