Chuck Grassley asks if FBI informant used Pentagon contract money to spy on Trump campaign

A top Republican senator wants to know if an FBI informant used taxpayer money to recruit sources from within President Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote to the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment this week asking for confirmation that funds from Pentagon contracts awarded to Stefan Halper were not used for the FBI’s investigation into a possible criminal conspiracy between the Trump camp and Russia.

Halper is a former Republican operative and White House aide who became a foreign policy academic with close ties to both U.S. and British intelligence. He had discussions with at least three Trump
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