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Grassley expands probe into DoD contracts, questions possible Russian interference

(KWWL) - Senator Chuck Grassley is questioning what role a contractor for the Dept. of Defense played in Russian election interference investigation.

In a news release Wednesday, Grassley's office announced he'll expand his request for documents from the Dept. of Defense's Office of Net Assessment to see if certain government contracts are in compliance.

Specifically, the senator is requesting documents related to Professor Stefan Halper, and if he used tax dollars to connect with Trump campaign officials.

Other contracts show that Halper listed a Russian intelligence official as a consultant for an ONA project. That same Russian official was also listed as a source in the debunked anti-Trump dossier, which was used to spy on Carter Page. Halper was also in contact with Page and another Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, raising questions about whether Halper used U.S. taxpayer dollars to seek connections with Trump campaign officials. The interactions also raise questions about what role, if any, Halper had in the Russian election interference investigation, which found no collusion with the Trump campaign

Office of Senator Chuck Grassley

You can read Senator Grassley's full letter here.

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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