Just how did the FBI start its investigation into potential Russian collusion in the 2016 election? The Department of Justice explanation is that George Papadopoulos got too chatty in a bar, and Fusion GPS’ oppo researcher shared his information with his contacts at the FBI.  That information led to a surveillance warrant from the FISA court, and the rest is history.

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That may not be the rest of the history, however. Amid dueling claims of extortion and obstruction as well as a threat of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein, a potentially different origin story has emerged, Kimberly Strassel reports for the Wall Street Journal. The DoJ has been keeping a lid on a top-secret source at the center of this probe, and Strassel believes it’s a confidential informant placed by the FBI and/or the CIA within the Trump campaign. Read more of this article »