Dr. Stefan Halper is a U.S. citizen and the alleged "foreign" source CIA director John Brennan claimed to have received British GCHQ intelligence sharing information on Russian collusion with Donald Trump. Brennan formed an inter-agency task force and the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation, ultimately leading to FISA surveillance of the Trump campaign, transition, and administration.
Halper is a Cambridge Fellow. Halper was a Senior Policy Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford & Reagan.
Baiting the trap
Two months before the 2016 election, Papadopoulos received a strange request for a meeting in London, one of several the young Trump adviser would be offered — and he would accept — during the presidential campaign. The meeting request came from Stefan Halper, a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6.
Halper met with Papadopoulos on September 23, 2016. Halper brought up the subject of Hillary Clinton's emails which he alleged the Russians hacked. Papadopoulos told Halper he knew nothing about any emails or Russian hacking — notwithstanding Halper's aggressive, loaded questioning on the subject.
In 1967, Halper graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. with high honours. Halper then studied at the University of Oxford, graduating with a doctorate in philosophy in 1971. Presumably shortly after graduation, Halper then began working as a member of the White House Domestic Council as a member of the Nixon Administration, holding the position from 1971 to 1973. After this, Halper's position evolved, and he joined the Office of Management and Budget as Assistant Director of the Management and Evaluation Division, holding the position from 1973 to 1974.
On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford was inaugurated as the President of the United States, due to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Halper was then moved from the Office of Management and Budget to join the office of the Chief of Staff, working as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff. This was a position he held from 1974 to January 20, 1977. As such, Halper worked as an assistant to three Chiefs of Staff - Alexander Haig (until September 21, 1974), then Donald Rumsfeld (from September 21, 1974 to November 20, 1975), and then Dick Cheney (from November 20, 1975 to January 20, 1977).
After Jimmy Carter was elected Halper worked as a legislative assistant to Senator William Roth of Delaware holding this position from 1977 to 1979 and became a Special Counsel to the United States Congress' Joint Economic Committee.
In 1979, Halper left both positions to become the National Director for Policy Development for George H. W. Bush's Presidential campaign. At the 1980 Republican convention, Richard V. Allen, then Ronald Reagan's foreign policy adviser for his Presidential campaign, searched for a potential Vice President for Reagan, and spoke with Halper about considering H. W. Bush for the role. Halper then became the National Director of Policy Coordination on the Reagan / Bush Presidential campaign. Halper conducted a data-gathering operation to collect inside information on Carter foreign policy and used a number of former CIA officials in the effort.
From 1981 to 1984, Halper worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. As such, Halper served under three different Secretaries of State - Alexander Haig (from January 22, 1981 to July 5, 1982), Walter J. Stoessel, Jr. (from July 5, 1982 to July 16, 1982) and George P. Shultz (from July 16, 1982 to 1984). After this, Halper became a senior advisor to the Department of Defense, and a senior advisor to the Department of Justice, positions lasting from 1984 to 2001.
However, in 1982, Halper helped organise Palmer National Bank while working as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, then left his role shortly before the bank opened. By 1984, Halper was Palmer National Bank's chairman. The idea for Palmer National Bank came about after a conversation between Halper and Harvey D. McLean, Jr. in 1980, both of whom worked on H. W. Bush's Presidential campaign. McLean later became the Vice Chairman of Palmer National Bank. Palmer National Bank made loans to customs who then used it to channel the money to a Swiss bank account controlled by Colonel Oliver North, who then used the same bank account to provide military assistance to the Contras.
Halper's former father-in-law was Ray Cline, who was the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Halper was on the Board of Directors at the National Intelligence Study Center, alongside Ray Cline, in 1983. Cline is the CIA analyst who first identified Soviet missiles from aerial reconnaissance photos during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
Apparently while working on H. W. Bush's Presidential campaign, a member of Halper's research staff was Robert Gambino, a veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. Several Central Intelligence Agency related people were on the H. W. Bush campaign, including Ray Cline, Sam Wilson, Howard Aaron, Henry Knoche, Robert Gambino, Bruce Rounds, Jon Thomas, Jack Coackley and Richard Stillwell. All working with Halper.