The Obama administration did “SPY” on candidate (and then President-elect) Donald Trump.
Corrupt Department of Justice officials, with help from the FBI and the CIA, took part in spying on the Trump campaign and then working to overthrow the Trump presidency.
These are not allegations. They are facts, already in the record.
Over the weekend, the first man to go down in this witch hunt, George Papadapoulos spoke out and confirmed what we already knew. The Obama DOJ was working to undermine our democracy and to make sure that one political party defeated the other.
Papadapoulos told Fox News that it was a CIA agent (not FBI) who tried to seduce him in an effort at gaining a foothold in the Trump campaign and that he was eventually taken down with a DOJ perjury trap (not for any “real” crime).
The conversation at a London bar in September 2016 took a strange turn when the woman sitting across from George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, asked a direct question: Was the Trump campaign working with Russia?
The woman had set up the meeting to discuss foreign policy issues. But she was actually a government investigator posing as a research assistant, according to people familiar with the operation. The F.B.I. sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer to better understand the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.
The American government’s affiliation with the woman, who said her name was Azra Turk, is one previously unreported detail of an operation that has become a political flash point in the face of accusations by President Trump and his allies that American law enforcement and intelligence officials spied on his campaign to undermine his electoral chances.
I agree with everything in this superb article except “Azra Turk” clearly was not FBI. She was CIA and affiliated with Turkish intel. She could hardly speak English and was tasked to meet me about my work in the energy sector offshore Israel/Cyprus which Turkey was competing with https://t.co/wbyBnvb6io
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) May 2, 2019
Here’s Papadopoulos confirming most of the NY Times story, but adding the CIA wrinkle:
Also on Fox News, Papadopolous laid out a clear timeline of events and explained how he got himself caught in a perjury trap – even though he hadn’t actually done anything wrong.
Maria Bartiromo: So, fast-forward to March, when you decide you are in fact going to join the Trump campaign. You go back to your colleagues at this center, and you say, I’m leaving, I’m quitting, I want to go work for Trump.
And then what happens?
George Papadapoulos: I tell them I’m leaving. And they’re all furious. Essentially, they’re telling me, are you crazy? You have such high-level connections here in Europe and then in D.C. Why would you go and work there? You just finished working on Carson’s campaign. He dropped out. Trump is obviously not going to win.
Maria Bartiromo: OK, but you decide you’re going to do it. You’re going to do it. And they say what?
George Papadapoulos: And they’re just furious. And they say, well, if you end up leaving us, before you go, we need you to go to Rome with us, because we have people there who are going to help you on the campaign. And at the time, I didn’t think anything of it. And I went to Rome with them to this university.
Maria Bartiromo: OK. So you go to this university in Rome, and you meet some interesting individuals. Let’s talk about that. One of those individuals is this gentleman named Mifsud. Tell me about the people that you met in Rome when you’re still working for the London Center of International Law Practice, which, of course, reached out to you on LinkedIn to get you this job. And they convince you, before you go to work for Trump, you have got to go to Rome.
George Papadapoulos: Absolutely. And as soon as I get there, I’m basically greeted by the former Italian foreign minister, Vincenzo Scotti, very high-level Italian officials who are affiliated with this university. I suspect there were likely FBI, CIA people there too because the CIA and FBI trains at this university.
Maria Bartiromo: And you meet Mifsud. You meet Mifsud. And you start having meetings with him. Tell me about Mifsud. Who is Mifsud?
George Papadapoulos: Yes. So, I’m introduced to Mifsud by the former Italian Foreign Minister Scotti and this company I work for.
And Mifsud basically is the overseas professor that Bob Mueller falsely characterized to the world as some sort of Russian cutout who was trying to conspire with me or collude with me and provide information that the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. Now…
Maria Bartiromo: But he drops a bomb on you. He drops a bomb on you in one of the meetings?
George Papadapoulos: Yes. So after I meet him in mid-March — so, before my name is even public in The Washington Post, these people are introducing me to Joseph Mifsud. So, clearly, there were some sort of eyes on me even before my name was public.
So he meets with me. We have some bizarre conversations moving forward about a potential meeting between Trump and Putin. He could never introduce me to anyone of substance in the Russian government or anyone of substance in general.
And in late April, he lets me know that, hey, George, did you know that the Russians have Hillary Clinton’s e-mails? And that’s where I was very suspicious of this person. And, actually, facts and events preceding that moment and after were very bizarre.
Maria Bartiromo: Mm-hmm. So he tells you, Russia has e-mails of Hillary Clinton’s. And this is the bomb that you feel was the whole reason that they wanted you to go to Rome to meet him because they wanted him to tell you about these emails that Russia had of Hillary Clinton. Is that right?
George Papadapoulos: That’s absolutely correct. I think this person was some sort of plant. He’s been outed recently living openly next to the U.S. Embassy in Rome. He’s being protected, actually, by Italian intelligence right now. And he’s gone missing for two years.
Maria Bartiromo: So, they didn’t want you to — they wanted you to go back and tell Trump about Russia having Hillary Clinton e-mails. Did you do that?
George Papadapoulos: Absolutely not. That wasn’t my job. You hear a lot of gossip and strange things when you’re in these circles. And the last thing I was going to do was go and talk to the campaign about something that I thought was illegal.
Maria Bartiromo: Now, what happens next is really interesting to me, because over the course of the next four weeks, first, you get the bomb thrown in your lap from Mifsud, that he tells you, Russia has Hillary Clinton’s emails.
You don’t do anything with that information, but you think he’s hoping you will. But in the next week — in the next month, you get outreach from lots of different intel people. Is that right? You are contacted by U.S. intel officials, British intel officials, Australian intel officials. What was that all about?
George Papadapoulos: Oh, yes, that’s a great point.
So, actually, April 15, the Australian government reached out to me for the first time. April 26, Joseph Mifsud tells me this information. May 2, I have the British government reaching out to me from this man Tobias Ellwood, who was the number two at the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he wants to have a conversation with me and get to know me a little bit.
May 4, I’m contacted by two officials of the DIA at the U.S. Embassy in London named Gregory Baker and Terrence Dudley. And then I meet on May 10 this Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, who I testified under oath at Congress and told the FBI and Bob Mueller that I felt he was spying on me and recording my conversations.
Maria Bartiromo: So this is all what you believe is spying, recording of conversations, early 2016, way before there was any FISA warrant to actually get a warrant to spy on anybody. And then it was Downer, the Australian intel guy, who, really, they got you with, because Alexander Downer had a conversation with you, and you were asked by the FBI, when did you first meet Downer? You tell them what?
George Papadapoulos: Oh, so, the FBI interview was — I brought up Joseph Mifsud, and I brought up this whole idea of who told me this information about emails. And then I got caught in a perjury trap. And, actually, that was my charge. I got charged with, I guess, lying about when I met this person. So this is what this whole case was really about. It was a complete setup and a perjury trap.
But the information that I have now — and after I testified to Congress, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of recordings and transcripts between myself and a lot of these assets. And I’m very hopeful that these are going to get public very soon and the president is going to start declassifying this material.
Maria Bartiromo: So you told the FBI you believed you met him in March, when, in fact, you met him in April. And that was the perjury. So you went to jail for, what, how many nights?
George Papadapoulos: I went to jail for 11 nights because of this, after I had honey pots, money thrown my way, wiretaps, surveillance by foreign countries. And then I finally get caught in some perjury trap and I go to jail for 11 nights. It was ridiculous.
Maria Bartiromo: And you feel that this was entrapment?
George Papadapoulos: Absolutely. I feel that it was entrapment. And I’m very happy to see Congressman Devin Nunes, in the letter that he sent to Secretary Pompeo and Gina Haspel to get more information on this person Mifsud, because if it’s indeed proven that this person was really entrapping me, not even spying on me, and then there was a coordinated effort between these other various intelligence agencies including the DIA and Australians, to extract this fake information, and then spy on me with another honey pot in London with Halper this thing reeks of spying, entrapment and illegal and illicit behavior.
Maria Bartiromo: It’s pretty extraordinary to me that it was so global, that all of these intel people are reaching out to you, and beginning with LinkedIn reaching out to you, to go work for this London Center for International Law Practice.
Real quick, why do you want the president to declassify these documents? What are we going to learn, very quickly?
George Papadapoulos: Yes, what we’re going to learn is the involvement of the U.K. and Australia in interfering in the 2016 election.
We’re also going to get to the bottom of who Joseph Mifsud really was, who he was working for. And we’re going to understand who was running all of these spies at me and likely other people on the campaign, including Michael Flynn, who actually also encountered Stefan Halper in 2015. And I encountered him in 2016. So it’s very important for the president to declassify this material, so we get to the bottom of this.