Spygate Central Figure Stefan Halper is being sued by Svetlana Lokhova, a former student at Cambridge. Halper had invited her and General Michael Flynn to a dinner in 2014. Halper and Lokhova had never gotten along, so the invitation was a surprise. Lokhova says that after the dinner party, Halper falsely claimed that she and General Flynn had an improper relationship. Lokhova maintains they had no relationship at all. Halper is now saying that if he were a government agent, he would have immunity, but stopped short of admitting he was such an agent for the US. The judge should force him to admit to being an agent before he considers whether he is immune.
Stefan Halper, the former Cambridge University professor who allegedly met with several Trump campaign aides as an FBI informant, asked a federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a defamation lawsuit that a Russian-British academic filed against him in May, saying government agents have immunity from litigation.
Halper does not confirm he was an FBI informant in his motion to dismiss. He also does not admit to being a source for articles about Svetlana Lokhova, the Russia-born academic. But he argues that if he were an FBI informant, he would have immunity afforded to other government agents.
“Private individuals who participate in FBI investigations are subject to the federal common law qualified immunity applicable to government agents,” wrote Halper’s lawyers, Terrance Reid, Robert Moir, and Robert Luskin.
“This immunity justifies dismissal here.”