A Cambridge politics professor has been outed as an informant for the FBI in their investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Multiple US media outlets have reported that Professor Stephen Halper met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, starting from the summer of 2016.
Halper, 73, is an American-born fellow of Magdalene College who previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. He was reportedly chosen as an informant because of his connections with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
According to the New York Times, Halper paid for Papadopoulos to fly to the UK in order to question him on the links between Russia and the election. The professor also remained in regular contact with Page for over a year, both in person and over email.
Halper appears to have long-term ties to both American and British intelligence, including being the son-in-law of a former CIA deputy director. Public records also show that he has received large payments from the US federal government in the last two years.
The revelation follows days of speculation as to the identity of the FBI’s informant after the organisation admitted last week to sending an agent to gather information on the campaign’s ties to Russia. Trump tweeted on Friday that the rumours, if true, would represent the “all time biggest political scandal”.