As you know, the FBI has a long and legendary history of spying. FBI confidential human source (CHS) Stefan Halper of “Russia Hoax” fame has managed to keep his activities on the down-low, avoiding a congressional subpoena and also lying to the FBI in spreading a false story from 2014 about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn being romantically involved with a woman he suggested was a Russian honeypot, Svetlana Lokhova. But thanks to developments in a defamation lawsuit against him by Lokhova, Halper might actually be criminally charged –- after five years –- with lying to the FBI.
If you’ve read Lee Smith’s book THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT, you know about Flynn being set up by the Obama administration when he was Director of National Intelligence. Obama didn’t like Flynn, and those who enjoyed the status quo in the intel community certainly didn’t like his ideas for restructuring and reforming it. Flynn was invited –- if memory serves, he was the guest of honor –- to a dinner near Cambridge University at the home of former MI6 director Sir Richard Dearlove, where Lokhova was also present. This appears to have been a set-up, to make it look as if Flynn were there to be with Lokhova. Pictures were taken that showed them at the same event. The idea was to have this useful “evidence” in reserve to use against Flynn later, when the time was right.
Later, after Crossfire Hurricane was opened in the summer of 2016, Halper met with FBI agents and, as Margot Cleveland writes, “falsely claimed to have witnessed the Russian-born British citizen Svetlana Lokhova leave a 2014 dinner at Cambridge University with Michael Flynn. According to the FBI’s summary of its interview with Halper, Halper also claimed to be ‘somewhat suspicious of Lokhova,’ stating he believed ‘Lokhova’s father may be a Russian Oligarch living in London.’”
By this time, Flynn was no longer the DNI and was involved in then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Time for the hit! It was shortly after Halper’s meeting with the FBI that an investigation of Flynn was included under the umbrella of Crossfire Hurricane. That’s when his legal nightmare began. Halper was also tasked with investigating (SPYING ON) Trump campaign associates Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
But Halper was lying to the FBI with his story about the dinner at Cambridge. He had to have been, seeing as how he was not AT the dinner (though it seems he may have arranged it), and so did not see anything between Flynn and Lokhova, who was not a Russian honeypot. And no one would have seen them leave in a cab together, which he told them he personally had witnessed, because Lokhova’s husband came to pick her up.
But in time, the story he told the Crossfire Hurricane team about Flynn playing around with a “suspicious”-seeming Russian honeypot made the news, and Lokhova sued for defamation. By then, the statute of limitations had passed, but she was able to file a second lawsuit alleging that Halper defamed her later on, by lying about her to her publishers to get them to drop her deal to write a book about Halper and Spygate.
Halper tried to get that suit dismissed as well, but presiding Judge Leonie Brinkema rejected this, saying that documents uncovered since Lokhova’s first case show that Halper “may have made clear misstatements to the FBI” and “may be responsible for some falsehoods” about Flynn and Lokhova. These documents are almost certainly the FBI’s notes from their 2016 meeting. Uh-oh.
Now that the case is going forward, Halper’s attorney is trying to bury Lokhova’s attorney in extremely broad discovery requests. But since the judge is now aware Lokhova’s claim that Halper was intentionally lying about her is not some wild conspiracy theory, it will be harder for his attorney to hide the truth, Cleveland reasons.
Read her full article (link at end) to appreciate the back-and-forth of discovery still going on.
Halper has managed to lay low for a long time. In January 2020, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to the Office of Net Assessments for the Department of Defense saying he’d contacted them in July 2019 “requesting all records related to Professor Halper’s contracts with DoD.” Again, Cleveland has the details. (I warn you; this one gets far into the weeds.)
For five years, Halper has managed to sidestep Sen. Grassley and avoid a congressional subpoena regarding (among other things) his mysterious contract work through the Office of Net Assessments. And he clearly lied to the FBI about Michael Flynn –- and about Svetlana Lokhova, whose persistence is finally bringing that story to light. This is just one more disgusting puzzle piece from the Russia Hoax that seems to be falling into place.