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Fmr. Comey Aide Tries to Explain Difference Between a Spy and Confidential Informant

Former FBI official Josh Campbell tried to push back on the president's criticism of the Russia investigation.

By NTK Staff | 05.23.2018 @9:59am

In an appearance on CNN on Wednesday, Josh Campbell, a former aide to former FBI Director James Comey, attempted to explain the difference between a spy and a confidential informant. The former FBI official criticized President Trump’s accusations that law enforcement placed a “spy” in his campaign.

“There is no deep state,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Campbell said that Trump was deliberately attacking prosecutors to distract from the Russia investigation.

“It’s easy for the president to say, ‘They’re spying. They’re spies. It’s Spygate,” he complained. “It’s very hard to have a sober discussion to refute those points.”

“In order to say someone’s a spy, that conjures up images of people skulking around in the shadows with questionable motives,” Campell said.

He contrasted this with the image of a “confidential informant,” someone who was “working under the auspices of a predicated counterintelligence investigation, was working to mitigate a national security threat.”

“[It’s] a big difference,” the former FBI official added.

“Or it’s a semantic difference,” Cuomo shot back.

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