All thanks to the diligent work of King Bob Mueller (and millions upon millions of taypaxer dollars).
SO WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT AGAIN?
Papadopoulos was a very low-level, little-known volunteer foreign policy adviser to the campaign. He became a household name among coochie cap nation last fall after becoming the first former campaign official to plead guilty in the Mueller probe.
He originally popped up in news stories as the man who spurred the Trump/Russia investigation, conveniently right after facts about the FBI’s use of the dossier began seeing the light of day, of course. Supposedly, GP drunkenly told some Australian diplomat in a UK bar that the Russians had dirt on Hillzdawg Clinton. Then again, that wouldn’t exactly be a revelation, since thanks to her private bathroom server every nation with WiFi was able to intercept her emails and God knows what else.
Papadopoulos apparently lied to investigators during an interview in January 2017 about his contacts with Russia-linked individuals who he sought to use to broker a meeting between the campaign and Moscow. And seeing as how he just got sentenced to two friggin weeks for that lie, I guess they couldn’t find him guilty of any real crime. And yes, I’m saying this is a fake crime. When the FBI cleans itself up, I’ll consider it our moral duty to shoot straight with them.
As for PDT, he doesn’t seem to know or care much about P-dop generally. That’s understandable considering his low status within the campaign.
“I see Papadopoulos today, I don’t know Papadopoulos,” PDT told the Fake News aboard Air Force One today. “I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me that’s the only thing I know about him.”
“They got him, on I guess, on a couple of lies,” Trump added, before reminding everyone for the 9 millionth time that he has nothing to do with Russia.
The true Trumpian response came after the verdict was announced, when he reminded everyone of the cost in taxpayer dollars of this idiotic excuse for an election loss:
“14 days for $28 MILLION – $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion. A great day for America!”
Man, I appreciate good sarcasm.
MYSTERIOUS RUSSIAN CONTACT:
While his drunken conversations with an Aussie diplomat are supposedly what kicked off the Russia probe (I’m sure all the meetings being held between Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele during the same time period had nothing to do with it whatsoever), it was his contact with a London-based professor that ultimately landed him in hot water with the feds.
And that part of the story is getting weird.
That professor, Joseph Mifsud, allegedly told Papadopoulos that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary. Mifsud was reportedly known to have high-level contacts in the Russian government, including with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s current foreign minister (their version of Mike Pompeo). The story goes that during the campaign Papadopoulos told PDT and Keebler Jeff Sessions that Russia was interested in setting up a meeting between Trump and OMG PUTIN. The lies to which Papadopoulos pleaded guilty apparently have to do with his contacts with Mifsud.
Sessions testified last year that he rejected Papadopoulos’s suggestion of a meeting, though GP countered that assertion by saying Sessions was “enthusiastic” about such a meeting.
Is it starting to sound to you like GP was “composing” for the Mueller team? Yeah, me too.
Sessions “was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin,” Papadopoulos told Fake News CNN, adding that PDT “gave me sort of a nod” but “wasn’t committed either way” to the idea.
That’s probably because he was barely listening to you, George.
Now, reading this story, one could easily get the impression that the professor has been lurking in the shadows passing along information to GP, only to finally disappear altogether. Sinister plots, maaaaaaaaaan. Problem is, that’s not exactly true. Not even a little bit.
Thanks to the excellent work of The Hill’s John Solomon (one of the few remaining good things about that rag), we know that Misfud had been in contact with the FBI as recently as February 2017, that he had described the nature of his contacts with Papadopoulos and that they were mostly innocuous. Misfud not only conducted personal interviews with FBI agents, he kept in subsequent email contact. He even gave the names of the Russians he’d introduced to Papadopoulos.
And why did the bureau take a full 6 months to interview either GP or the professor? Is it because the pee-pee dossier was on the scene and they’d decided that would be the horse to ride? It was the horse providing them with FISA warrants, after all. We’ll touch again on this question in just a few.
Taken directly from Solomon’s report:
He described the contacts as an academic exercise in pursuit of peace, not a global plot to hijack the election. And he went out of his way to say there was no talk of sinister cybersecurity intentions such as a plot to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“I reaffirm that the content of our conversations was always on wide geo-strategic issues,” he wrote FBI agents on Feb. 11, in an email that was quickly sent to the very top of the FBI’s counterintelligence division. Mifsud sent the email just hours after agents interviewed him.
He said the conversations mostly centered around “how the Trump then-campaign team looked to develop a conversation on Europe/UK … and with Russia” and “the fallout in policy in the deteriorating relationship between the major countries in the world today.”
Mifsud acknowledged he introduced Papadopoulos to a contact in Russia, whom he identified as Dr. Ivan N. Timofeev, who he described as “a director of a think tank in Moscow with strong links with a number of U.S. institutions.”
But, again, he stressed the contacts were mostly academic in nature.
“Dr. Timofeev and I have been collaborating for a number of years on a number of geo-strategic issues, mainly pertaining to publications/training for diplomats/international experts on energy security and their implications on international relations,” Mifsud told the FBI. “After speaking to both individuals, I put them in contact with each other.”
“The intent of that ‘bridging’ was specifically of a geo-political nature and not tied in any way or form to cybersecurity,” Mifsud insisted to the FBI. “It was to create a mutual understanding on world affairs and how we can contribute to peace and stability.”
The mere fact Mifsud felt compelled, after his FBI interview, to write a follow-up email — repeatedly insisting that his contacts with Papadopoulos were innocuous — is an indication he didn’t like the way the FBI portrayed events.
In fact, at one point in his email, he bold-faced a single sentence for emphasis: “Cybersecurity was never the direct object of any of our communications.”
“A ‘new’ possible relationship of the U.S. with Europe, the UK, Russia, the Middle East and energy diplomacy was always the focus of our discussions as international affairs experts,” he wrote in the final line of an email to the FBI.
Mifsud even told the FBI that, after his interview, he went back to his documents to make sure there wasn’t something more sinister: “The issues that you specifically asked me about in your questions this morning did not feature in any of our email conversations as far as I can see.”
From the look of things, even Mifsud seemed to think that the FBI was hellbent on creating a narrative, so much so that he scrubbed his own records to look for anything they could possibly use out of context against him.
And from the looks of things, Mifsud was absolutely right, as the Mueller indictment tells the story in such a disingenuous way it would make CNN blush. Thanks to Solomon’s reporting, however, we begin to see the strategy Mueller is taking, which is to criminalize otherwise legal conduct.
For example, lying to the FBI is illegal, to be sure. But what did he lie about? Talking to a professor about dirt on Hillary? That’s not illegal. Neither is arranging meetings between candidates and world leaders. But guess what, when FBI agents are breathing down a guy’s neck and insinuating that he’d been involved with serious crimes of conspiracy against the U.S., you never know what kind of defense mechanisms will kick in.
The FBI took advantage of a low-level campaign volunteer, made him piss himself and got a guilty plea for a friggin process crime because there were no other crimes to prosecute. It’s at once outrageous and pathetic.
And think about what the Mueller team had to claim to even get that pitiful charge; namely that GP had “seriously undermined their investigation.” It’s kind of hard to undermine an investigation into a shady professor that you already have the information on and have been in constant contact with. Did GP show up to FBI headquarters, cut all the phone lines and bash the routers? The bureau had access to whatever they wanted for over a year before they decided to squeeze Papadopoulos with a process crime.
AND NOW WE UNDERSTAND THE TIME GAP:
One glaring….we’ll call it “inconsistency,” is the 6-month delay between the time when the FBI was supposedly tipped off about GP’s connection with Misfud and when they actually decided to talk with either man. And thanks once again to John Solomon, we now know that our initial instincts as to why were correct — the dossier was in full swing.
Up until now, the official line was that Bruce Ohr started his shady behind the scenes work with Christopher Steele after the Trump election. *Summoning Maury Povich*…….THAT was a lie.
Congress had been operating on that assumption based on reports that Ohr’s first interview with FBI agents happened around November 2016. Fusion GPS smear merchant Glenn Simpson also testified that Ohr’s involvement began sometime after Thanksgiving 2016. Why, would that be a lie under oath? Yes, I do believe it is.
But now, thanks to Ohr’s own congressional testimony along with supporting documentation, we know that Ohr got involved with the Trump collusion probe as early as August 2016, which means Christopher Steele and the dossier were officially in use by the bureau at that time (if not sooner). This would explain the sudden pivot away from GP and fully into what Brucey boy had to offer.
Taken from Solomon’s report:
The FBI formally opened the Trump campaign probe — code-named Crossfire Hurricane — on July 31, 2016, based on an Australian diplomat’s claim that Papadopoulos, a young Trump campaign foreign policy aide, appeared to have prior knowledge that Russia had derogatory information it planned to release on Hillary Clinton.
Agents feared Papadopoulos might be looking to create contacts in Moscow to gain access to that Clinton dirt.
But multiple sources tell me the FBI soon received information — now considered highly classified — that undercut the theory of the Papadopoulos case. One source described the evidence as “indisputably exculpatory,” while another said the information “put the predicate used to start the case in reversal.”
Whatever the nature of that classified evidence, the FBI’s own account in court records shows agents suddenly seemed to lose a sense of urgency about the Papadopoulos allegation. They inexplicably waited about six months to interview both the Trump campaign aide and the European professor who allegedly alerted Papadopoulos to the Russia dirt and introduced him to Moscow contacts.
Instead, agents pivoted more aggressively to a different set of allegations of Russia-Trump collusion, those gathered by former British MI6 agent Steele, who at the time was working to dig up dirt on the GOP nominee as part of a Fusion GPS project funded by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
There is now growing confidence that the FBI’s sudden pivot from Papadopoulos to Steele was driven by several individuals, all with serious political baggage: Lisa Page and Strzok exchanged text messages about their desire to stop Trump from becoming president; Steele admitted he was desperate to keep Trump from the presidency; Ohr’s wife worked for the firm hired by Clinton to find dirt on Trump; and McCabe’s wife was a Democratic candidate in Virginia whose campaign got hundreds of thousands of dollars of electioneering help from Clinton ally and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Ohr’s new account could be potentially explosive, both for Republicans trying to make the case that the FBI engaged in misconduct in investigating Trump and for the DOJ inspector general’s probe into whether the FBI misled a federal court in seeking the Trump campaign warrants.
It’s just this simple, folks: they hoped Papadopoulos would give them what they needed to launch a full-on counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign, thereby giving themselves a license to spy. It became apparent almost immediately that Misfud and GP wouldn’t be sufficient, so they opted for campaign propaganda from the Clinton campaign.
One entrance became blocked so they created another. They manufactured a case against Trump with unverified information. They used it to unleash the surveillance powers of the state. That happened. It’s not a conspiracy theory; it’s conspiracy fact.
I really, really hope PDT exposes all this stuff in a fiery, center-stage way. Americans need to know what has been happening here and far too many are in the dark.
BUT THINGS GET EVEN CRAZIER:
The professor is missing.
Lawyers for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), who is suing Russia, the Trump campaign and Wikileaks for “election interference,” wrote in court filings today that Professor Mifsud “is missing and may be deceased.” The lawyers wouldn’t elaborate further, likely because they couldn’t.
The DNC indicated that an investigator had been used to find Mifsud, who allegedly disappeared months ago, and was told that he may be dead.
“The DNC’s counsel has attempted to serve Mifsud for months and has been unable to locate or contact him. In addition, public reports have said he has disappeared and hasn’t been seen for months,” DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said.
Mifsud was reportedly teaching at a private university in Rome before he vanished late last year, shortly after his name emerged as a key figure in the PutinGate investigation. The professor had reportedly not been in contact with prosecutors in Italy seeking to question him over allegations of financial wrongdoing and his fiancé said earlier this year that she couldn’t reach him.
A hearing in the DNC vs Trump/Russia/Wikileaks lawsuit is scheduled for next week in federal court in New York.
That lawsuit is worth watching, because the DNC also makes itself vulnerable to the discovery process by filing that lawsuit. Between The Donald, Hackin’ Vlad and Julian Assange, I’m sure they can afford a decent lawyer who knows which documents to demand.
Until we get more information, PutinGate conspiracy theorists will swear that Putin had him killed. Folks on our side may suspect the CIA or British MI:6.
One thing is for sure, the FBI didn’t get what they wanted with either Mifsud or Papadopoulos, and judging by the dishonest way they’ve portrayed their relationship with the latter, they may prefer he stay “missing.” Misfud seemed to know what they were up to.
And if we’ve learned anything over the past 2 years, it’s that they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep their own actions covert, even as they raid the personal spaces of anyone who could help their anti-Trump crusade.
That Papadopoulos indictment was an outright lie. That alone should be enough to end the Mueller probe, if only we had a real Department of Justice. If they did this with GP, just imagine what they did with General Flynn (who is facing the exact same charge as GP). And God knows what kind of shenanigans the Southern District of New York is pulling with Michael Cohen. Actually, we do know. They’re using taxi medallion fraud to get him to implicate PDT in fake campaign finance crimes.
Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Andy McCabe and God knows who else were hellbent on getting Trump, period. The GP key didn’t fit the lock so they went for the dossier. And now, we learn about more and more corruption with each passing day.
The fact that they were relegated to prosecuting a process crime in the Papadopoulos case tells us all we need to know about the actual evidence in the Trump/Russia probe — there is none. After all this time, and after knowing full well that they didn’t have jack squat on him, they squeezed him on a lying charge just to give Mueller a scalp and lend his probe legitimacy. And oh yeah, maybe they could get him to compose a tune or two to bring down Trump along the way.
This probe needs to end, NOW. This should not be happening in America. It’s nothing short of the weaponization of the DOJ in the service of the Democrat party.
Mr. President, pull that declassification trigger. We need to know everyone involved, what they were doing and when. We’ve discovered nothing short of a soft coup led by our very own premiere law enforcement institution. Their right to classification and secrecy was lost long ago.
Do it, Mr. President. Drop the nuke.
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