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The Papadopoulos Interview – Explosive Revelations You Need to Know

Dan just held a historic interview with George Papadopoulos, the man initially believed to be the spark that ignited the FBI’s secretive counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, to give his side of the story. We already detailed all the suspicious actors that Papadopoulos encountered in our book “Spygate,” and Papadopoulos revealed that the web is even more tangled than we believed.

A Common Theme – Papadopoulos Was Being Recorded

Throughout all of the key meetings Papadopoulos discussed during the interview, they all shared a common thread in that he was being recorded. At the beginning of various meetings, the person he was meeting with would take out their cell phone and place it on the table, leading him to believe he was being recorded. That’s what happened within minutes of Papadopoulos meeting with Sergei Millian and Stefan Halper. Alexander Downer was a bit more explicit, pulling out his phone and holding it up as if he was video-recording Papadopoulos. He then presumably kept audio-recording as their conversation progressed.

The fact that these meetings (which Papadopoulos believed to be innocuous before they occurred) were recorded is itself noteworthy. What possible reason could they have to record him? We can only speculate – and none of that speculation is positive.

Joseph Mifsud

The tale of Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud is a bizarre one. Avinder Sambei (the FBI’s counsel in London) and Nagi Idris (who works at the London Centre of International Law) recommended that Papadopoulos meet Mifsud, which he did on March 14th 2016 in Rome at their request. He initially met Mifsud at a university called Lake Campus, which is a training ground for Western intelligence operatives in Rome.

While Mifsud tried to portray himself as a “man of the world,” Papadopoulos recalled being immediately skeptical of how he represented himself. Mifsud promised that he can put Papadopoulos in connection with members of the Russian government, and that he possesses Hillary’s hacked emails (which was then a topical news story). Mifsud also says he can put Papadopoulos in touch with a woman he claims is Vladimir Putin’s niece.

A second meeting occurs on March 24th in London, this time with Mifsud accompanied by Olga Vinogradova, whom he claims is Putin’s niece (but is not). Papadapoulos says Olga was mostly silent during the meeting, as she (reportedly) barely spoke English, but that he later emailed her and she “magically” became fluent during their correspondence. In those emails, Olga claimed she could help connect him with government officials in Russia. When he texted Olga to confirm that she was the woman emailing him, she never replied. It’s entirely possible that Mifsud brought along someone who didn’t (or at least pretended to not) speak English with the hopes that Papadapoulos would offer up more revealing information. If she indeed didn’t speak English, it was likely Mifsud (or someone else) impersonating her to Papadapoulos, attempting to pry information from him.

According to Papadopoulos, Mifsud’s lawyer said a couple of weeks ago that he was working with both Russia and western intelligence sources. His lawyer said that he’s not a Russian asset and was working for western intelligence.

That certainly would explain an oddly worded question to Papadopoulos on his charging documents. Papadopoulos was asked if he was ever in contact with someone who had a “Russian accent” but not if he was in contact with a “Russian.” A reference to Olga, certainly.

Alexander Downer

The official narrative as outlined in a New York Times article published in December 2017 was that Papadopoulos drunkenly told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that he possessed Hillary’s hacked emails (a repeat of Mifsud’s claim), which Downer then reported to the FBI. We were also supposed to believe that the meeting was basically a chance encounter.

Papadopoulos says otherwise – that neither of them was drunk, and this was no random encounter, but one organized through numerous intermediaries. Among those intermediaries were Israeli diplomat Christian Cantor (who expressed disdain of Trump to Papadopoulos), and Erica Thompson (Cantor’s girlfriend, who told Papadopoulos she believes Trump is a pariah). Arrangements weren’t made for a meeting until after Papadopoulos interviewed with the Times of London on May 7th 2016, which centered around negative comments then-Prime Minister David Cameron made about Donald Trump. Papadopoulos called for more constructive dialogue – to much criticism.

The day after that interview, two Americans from the US embassy reach out to Papadopoulos, who he believes was working with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Gregory Baker and Terrance Dudley. They wine and dine Papadopoulos and ask him about Trump and Russia (pretending to be pro-Russian themselves, presumably hoping Papadopoulos would admit to non-existent collusion). The next day, Erica Thompson messages him that Downer wants to meet with him. The Downer meeting occurs on May 10th.

Downer never spoke about the US-Australian relationship during their talk, but instead, Downer wanted to pass a message along to Trump that he needed to oppose BERXIT. He too called Trump a pariah.

But most interesting of all, Papadopoulos says they never discussed Hillary’s emails.

And as Papadopoulos noted, Downer has contradicted himself at least three times over what was said at the meeting.

There are recordings of the meeting, so why can’t Downer release them to prove Papadopoulos discussed Hillary’s emails? Because Papadopoulos never discussed them. And with that, we move on to a man that attempted to create the same bogus narrative about Papadopoulos having Hillary’s emails: Stefan Halper.

Stefan Halper

Stefan Halper was the FBI’s spy in the Trump campaign.

He had an assistant named Azra Turk, whom Papadopoulos says tried to seduce him in London and goad him into saying untrue things about the Trump campaigns non-existant collusion with Russia. The day after that encounter Papadopoulos met a belligerent Halper, who expressed disdain for Papadopoulos’ views, and Trump. The purpose of the meeting it seemed, was for Halper to belittle Trump and hear more about Russia.

Halper essentially began interrogating Papadopoulos, saying that it’s “obviously in your interest to be working with the Russians” and to “hack emails.” “You’re complicit with Russia in this, isn’t that right George” Halper told him. Halper also inquired about Hillary’s hacked emails, insinuating that Papadopoulos possessed them. Papadopoulos denied knowing anything about this and asked to be left alone.

It seems that Halper was trying to pry information out of Papadopoulos that he already allegedly gave Alexander Downer (if the NYT is to be believed). But if Papadopoulos and Downer indeed never discussed Hillary’s emails, then that attempt at entrapment didn’t go according to plan. Instead, Papadopoulos believes that Halper’s role was to actually bait him into claiming he had Hillary’s emails, so that Halper could be the man cited as turning Papadalpous over to the FBI, sparking the Russia probe – not Downer. Both men failed, but their bogus narrative emerged unscathed.

Sergei Millian

Sergei Millian is believed to be “Source D” in Christopher Steele’s dossier, who is the source of the infamous “golden showers” claim.

It’s no surprise then that he was one of the suspect characters to approach Papadopoulos, presenting himself as a former Trump associate.. They met once in NY, but the key meeting came months later when Millian contacted Papadopoulos out of the blue in late September/early October 2016. They met in Chicago to discuss work that Millian wanted him to do in Manhattan. Millian offered 30k per month for the job (which would’ve been PR related), with one bizarre condition: that Papadopoulos only could take the job if he did so while simultaneously working in the Trump administration. And even more bizarre? Papadopoulos couldn’t tell anyone.

If that wasn’t suspect enough, Papadapoulos also describes Millian as nervous and sweating as he detailed the desired arrangement. Papadopoulos rejects the offer, and Millian drops off his radar.

The timing is also interesting. Papadopoulos had just met with Halper on September 2nd, and by the end of the month he’s invited to an even more suspect meeting.

And the kicker: at the inauguration, an associate of Millian tells him that Millian was working for the FBI.

Charles Tawil

Another one of Papadopoulos’ meetings was with Charles Tawil, who requested a photograph with Papadopoulos after they initially met. That’s noteworthy, as all of the intelligence figures that presented themselves to Papadopoulos requested photos of the two together afterward (as proof of the meeting, perhaps).

Tawil later reaches out saying that he wants to “talk business” with Papadopoulos. He meets up with Tawil in Greece in July 2017, where he believes he’s being watched. Tawil then invites him to Israel, and the two meet in a Tel Aviv hotel room. Papadopoulos says he believes he was under threat, so when Tawil offers him $10,000 in cash, he took it. Papadopoulos then flew back to Greece and called Tawil to offer him the money back – which Tawil rejected. It’s unclear what work the money was supposed to be for, but Tawil didn’t seem concerned about having any services delivered for that sum.

Papadopoulos handed the money over to his lawyer in Greece before flying home.

And Then He’s Arrested…

And then when Papadopoulos landed back in America, he was arrested at Dulles International Airport on July 27th. Strangely, he wasn’t shown the warrant for his arrest when arrested, and didn’t know the reason why until the next day. The $10,000 that Tawil paid Papadopoulos in cash is interesting in this context, as it would be the exact amount of money one would be required to declare at customs. Papadopoulos didn’t recall if he was arrested before or after he filled out a customs slip (but didn’t have the money on him).

The $10,000 was likely an attempted form of entrapment (can you imagine the headlines if Papadopoulos was caught passing security with a suspect amount of cash after already having been questioned by the FBI?), but things didn’t pan out as expected for Tawil.

More Spies in the Trump Campaign?

Papadopoulos said he could confirm that there was at least one more spy infiltrating the Trump campaign in addition to Halper but wouldn’t name them for legal reasons. He only revealed that it was a relatively low-level player that most people have never heard of.

More FISA Surveillance?

Like Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, Papadopoulos says he was surveilled. “It was all about my energy business due to my contacts in Israel and others in the Middle East. I brokered a Trump meeting with Egypt. When the FBI came to my house in January 2016, they first asked about my energy business and contacts.” He also said “In April 2017 before I was arrested, two reps from the NYT and CNN (implied not stated) interviewed me to ask about a FISA warrant on me. Since I had no Russian contacts, I was bewildered about that.”

Give it a listen for yourself:

Two Times The Clinton Campaign Faked “Russian Collusion”

Does anyone really think that a single member of the Democrat establishment actually believes that there was Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election? I’d assume few truly believe the claim, but instead found it to be a compelling narrative for the general public that could dissuade voters from voting for Trump.

Robert Mueller’s special counsel has raged on for over a year (which replaced an FBI counterintelligence investigation that began in July 2016), and yet not a single shred of collusion has been uncovered. While indictments have been made, every single one excludes the keyword “collusion,” just like we’d expect from a witch hunt.

There was no real Russian collusion – but there sure was an attempt to make it look like there was.

And on that note, here are two of my favorite examples of manufactured “Russian collusion.” Note that all references (and additional details) can be found in our new book “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald Trump.”

About That Trump Tower Meeting….

Remember when Donald Trump Jr. briefly got himself in some hot water when it was revealed that he’d met with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower in 2016? “Trump Jr. Met with Russian Lawyer During 2016 Campaign” may same like a damning headline, but the true story behind the meeting isn’t so straightforward.

The meeting was organized through Rob Goldstone, a publicist of Trump acquaintances Emin and Aras Agalarov. Trump knows the father and son duo through the “Miss Universe” pageants. Of note; the mythical “golden showers” incident from the Chris Steele/Fusion GPS dossier is alleged to have occurred at a Ritz-Carlton that Trump stayed at with the Agalarov’s in 2013, meaning the story potentially originated with them.

We’re supposed to believe that George Papadopoulos is the official reason for the FBI launching a secretive counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign?

Meanwhile, the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was working with Fusion GPS at the time of her meeting with Trump Jr.. In other words, Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer, was working with the firm trying to “prove” Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, right as she set up a meeting with Donald Trump’s son. Veselnitskaya met with Fusion’s co-founder Glenn Simpson the day of, and the day after the Trump Tower meeting. What do you think they discussed, if not how to further solidify the optics of the collusion narrative?

Among the men who accompanied Veselnitskaya to the meeting included translator Rinat Akhmetshion, a former Russian spy who also worked for the Clinton State Department. If Trump Jr. did “bite” and say anything incriminating, he was there to make sure nothing was lost in translation. Luckily, Trump Jr. didn’t say anything incriminating, because there wasn’t any collusion, or desire to collude.

George Papadopoulos and the FBI’s Counterintelligence Investigation 

We’re supposed to believe that George Papadopoulos is the official reason for the FBI launching a secretive counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. This was “revealed” in a New York Times article published December 2017. We’re told in the article that it all began with a meeting in a London bar that Papadopoulos had with former Australian ambassador Alexander Downer, at Downer’s request. It’s odd that Downer would be interested in meeting with Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, because of his own political allegiances. In 2007, Downer helped broker a $25 million donation from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation.

George Papadopoulos

It’s at this meeting that Papadopoulos (drunk, according to the NYT’s account), told Downer that he’d possessed Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails (which he did not). Downer, in turn, reported that information to the FBI, sparking their investigation into the entire Trump campaign (according to the NYT’s narrative).

While Papadopoulos didn’t actually possess Hillary’s hacked emails – he did have the idea planted in his head weeks later that he may know someone who did; a Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud who began taking an interest in Papadopoulos after leaning his connection to the Trump campaign. Mifsud has donated to the Clinton Foundation in the past, but met with Papadopoulos as a supposed ally, falsely telling him that he possessed Hillary’s hacked emails. Mifsud also claimed, and never delivered on any of his promises to Papadopoulos about setting up foreign policy meetings with the Russian government.

Even without Downer, there are other, contradictory excuses for why the FBI began investigating the Trump campaign. Former CIA Director John Brennan claims that it was he who did so by relaying British intelligence to the FBI. “I was aware,” Brennan said in May, “of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians, either in a witting or unwitting fashion, and it served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion—cooperation occurred.” That’s even more interesting if Mifsud is an agent of British intelligence like Papadopoulos believes.

The FBI’s spy inside the Trump campaign, Stefan Halper, also tried to arrange meetings with Papadopoulos for dubious purposes. Two months before the 2016 election Papadopoulos received a random meeting request from Halper to fly to London to discuss international relations and the possibility of Papadopoulos writing a policy paper on a gas field in the Mediterranean for $3,000. Halper paid for his flight to England, and in the course of their conversations, Halper suddenly turned to the subject of Russia, asking Papadopoulos, “You know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” Where did that question come from? Papadopoulos smelled a fishing expedition and offered him no information.

Note that in both cases (the Trump Tower meeting and various Papadopoulos meetings) it was always the supposed Russian agent (or person inquiring about them) that made the first contact. No one from the Trump campaign was reaching out to the Russians – but those claiming to be reached out to them. And in each case, all those involved have more invested in Hillary Clinton than the Trump campaign.

Flashback: Three Times Rod Rosenstein Betrayed Trump and Protected Hillary

Last Friday the New York Times published a bombshell report alleging that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein floated the idea of secretly recording conversations with President Donald Trump in 2017, and also proposed the possibility of removing Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. Interestingly, their prior “bombshell” op-ed anonymously published by a “member of the resistance inside the Trump administration” said that “Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment.”

Whoever wrote that op-ed is anyone’s guess, but it is interesting that both Rosenstein and this anonymous writer both discussed invoking the 25th to get rid of Trump.

Rosenstein’s comments about recording Trump came after the firing of James Comey – which was followed by Rosenstein authorizing Robert Mueller’s special counsel. The counsel has since resulted in dozens of indictments, none of which are within the scope of the investigation, which includes examining “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.”

Rosenstein’s leaked comments come as no surprise, given the ally he’s proven himself to be for Democrats in the past.

Extending Surveillance of Carter Page

Rosenstein played a role in renewing the FISA warrant used to spy on Carter Page during the 2016 election, in-part enabled by British spy Christopher Steele’s dirty dossier.

As we learned from the Nunes Memo, Rosenstein approved an application to extend surveillance on Carter Page. He signed the final FISA renewal in late June 2017, not longafter he appointed Mueller in May. Republican lawmakers have argued that Rosenstein and others failed to sufficiently explaine why they allowed the spying to continue, and why they failed to properly vet the warrant application.

Rosenstein Wrote the Memo Justifying Comey’s Termination – Then Used the Firing Against Trump 

James Comey would’ve been fired by President Trump regardless, but it was a memo from Rosenstein that was used to officially justify it. Rosenstein wrote in a memo to Jeff Sessions evaluating Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation that “I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.” While not a partisan document, Rosenstein also supports the the left-wing narrative that Comey’s actions may have cost Hillary the election in the memo.

There’s no way that Rosenstein didn’t know his memo would be used to justify Comey’s firing, but he was reported being “shaken” and “overwhelmed” by the New York Times following Comey’s termination.

While Rosenstein says that publicly, his actions set the stage for inevitable calls for a special counsel that he could fulfill. And why wouldn’t they? The firing of Comey would unquestionably be interpreted as “obstruction of justice” by liberals. And not only that, Rosenstein could then use this as justification for invoking the 25th Amendment. As Andrew McCarthy noted:

Immediately after Comey was dismissed, Rosenstein let it be known that Trump seemed incompetent in interviews of candidates to run the FBI. Though he had shredded Comey in his May 9 memo, Rosenstein reportedly began telling FBI officials that he wished Comey were still running the FBI, and even contemplated consulting Comey on appointment of a special counsel.

And when was he doing that? The Times tells us it was in the period May 12 to 17. That is, at precisely the time Rosenstein reportedly was floating the idea of wiretapping Trump and ousting him under the 25th Amendment, he decided to appoint a special counsel.

And with that, one witch hunt was swapped for another.

Uranium One

The FBI had uncovered the shady web of Russian interests engaging in bribery, kickbacks, and other acts of corruption designed to grow Russia’s nuclear influence, before Obama signed the Uranium One deal in 2010. The DOJ spent four subsequent years investigating the sketchy deal without notifying the American public. The scandal wasn’t brought to light until 2015, thanks to the work of author Peter Schweitzer.

The man who supervised the investigation, which found evidence of Russian nuclear corruption, was Rod Rosenstein. Among that corruption included donations from Russian interests to the Clinton Foundation.

And what did Rosenstein do with that information? A whole lot of nothing. The Justice Department and FBI did charge a man named Vadim Mikerin, the Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion in the U.S., in 2014. However, the DOJ and FBI were largely silent about the charges, with the first public statement about the charges being in a press release a year later.

Why be so secretive – if not to provide cover for the Obama administration and Clinton State Department that were the ones interacting with these Russians?

Conclusion

Rod Rosenstein meets with Trump on Friday. Hopefully he’ll be hearing the same words that hundreds of contestants on “The Apprentice” have heard before him.

SPYGATE: The Characters You Need to Know

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

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“Spygate” has been the big story of 2018, but that doesn’t mean it has been easy to follow. The scandal has more characters than a Harry Potter novel, and with our 24/7 news cycle, has more moving parts than the average person has time to keep track of.

One of the most common requests Dan and I receive is to put out some informational content to help keep track of all the relevant characters in the “Spygate” scandal, and how they intersect. To do that, I thought it would make the most sense to show all the most relevant connections in flowcharts, with brief explanations of each bubble and their connections to the others below.

Obama’s campaign arm Organizing for Action paid $972,000 to the law firm Perkins Coie, which funneled that money to Fusion GPS. The Clinton campaign paid Perkins Coie $5.1 million in 2016, while the DNC shelled out $4.5 million. Most funds were for legal services, but at least $168,000 of it made its way to Christopher Steele so he could commission his anti-Trump dossier.

Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele was simultaneously working for Fusion GPS where he was researching Russian collusion, and the FBI, where he was presenting his faux evidence. Meanwhile, Fusion had some interesting Russian connections of their own. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (from the infamous “Trump Tower” meeting with Donald Trump Jr.) was working with Fusion to defend the firm Prevezon, which had been accused of laundering money for the Russian government. At least one person worked on the Prevezon case and also aided Steele with his dossier, a man named Ed Baumgartner.

It appears as if Veselnitskaya’s meeting with Trump Jr. was just to give the mere appearance of Russian collusion – as evidenced by the fact that she met with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson the day of, and day after the Trump Tower meeting. Simpson claims the two never discussed the meeting, but are we to really believe he was helping Steele “prove” Russian collusion while working with a Russian who just met with Trump’s son, and this meeting didn’t come up in conversation?

Even more suspicious, during the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya was accompanied by translator Anatoli Samochornov, who was previously an interpreter for Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama.

And then there’s who helped organize the meeting; publicist Rob Goldstone at the request of Aras and Emin Agalarov, a father and son duo who knew Trump through the Miss Universe pageants. It was during a 2013 Moscow trip for those pageants that Trump would stay at a Ritz-Carlton (as did the Agalarovs), which would be the location where the fictitious “golden showers” story in Christopher Steele’s dossier allegedly occurred. It’s thus highly likely that the “golden showers” lie originated with the Agalarovs.

Steele also had an “in” to the DOJ through Bruce and Nellie Ohr, a married couple. Nellie worked with Fusion on the dossier, while Bruce was employed at the DOJ. Their relationship was not disclosed when the dossier was presented as evidence to surveil Carter Page. Nellie worked with Fusion since 2015, which makes it possible she was one of the FBI contractors illegally mining NSA databases for information on Republican presidential candidates. When Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel would begin in 2017, Bruce kept Mueller’s right-hand-man Andrew Weissman “in the loop” regarding his continued contact with Steele.

Steele had friends in the Clinton State Department through Victoria Nuland and Jonathan Winer. Nuland was Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and claims to have received the Steele dossier at the State Department and then passed it on to the FBI before their investigation into the Trump campaign started.

Nuland told CBS that “in the middle of July [2016], when [Steele] was doing this other work [on Trump] and became concerned . . . he passed two to four pages of short points of what he was finding and our immediate reaction to that was, this is not our purview. This needs to go to the FBI if there is any concern here that one candidate or the election as a whole might be influenced by the Russian Federation. That’s something for the FBI to investigate. And that was our reaction when we saw this.”

The dossier made its way to Nuland through a mutual contact, Jonathan Winer, also a State Department employee. Winer later admitted to doing pro bono work for the Clinton Global Initiative while he was working at the State Department and exchanging information with Steele.

While Steele passed on his dossier to Winer, Winer had one to give Steele. There was a second dossier, authored by Cody Shearer, a long-time fixer for the Clintons. Shearer’s dossier is suspiciously similar to Steele’s, and even contains the same bogus “golden showers” story.  According to The Guardian, Steele passed the Shearer memo on to the FBI in October 2016, because it “corroborated” what he had learned from his independent sources. Garnering the same information from separate sources seems like a slam-dunk in verifying a claim, but Steele and Shearer had the same bogus information fed to them. What are the chances of that?

Former UN ambassador Samantha Powers, in the words of the Washington Free Beacon, “appears to be central to efforts by top Obama administration officials to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources.” Power revealed the names of at least 260 people during her last year as UN ambassador and increased her pace to one per day in the final months of Obama’s presidency. She would later deny making those requests, meaning that she’s either lying, or someone else was unmasking members of the Trump campaign in her name.

It wasn’t just Democrats finding themselves acquainted with Steele.  British ambassador Andrew Wood knew both Chris Steele, and John McCain. In November 2016, he participated in a Canadian conference also attended by McCain and his associate David Kramer. At this conference, McCain and Kramer were briefed by the British Ambassador Andrew Wood about making contact with Steele regarding the dossier. Kramer would later obtain the materials from Steele and deliver it to McCain.

George Papadapoulos was a key target of those looking to frame the Trump campaign in giving the appearance of Russian collusion.

Papadopoulos’ story began in March 2016 when he was named a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign with a supposed emphasis on improving U.S. relations with Russia. During this time, Papadopoulos traveled to Italy and met Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor of diplomacy based in London. On April 26, 2016, Mifsud met with Papadopoulos in London and told him he had damaging information from the Russians on Hillary Clinton. One contact he claimed to know well was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Interestingly, one connection we know that Mifsud has is with the Clinton Foundation, whom he’s donated to in the past.

In May, after Mifsud falsely told Papadopoulos about the Russians having dirt on Clinton—something Mifsud now claims he never said—Papadopoulos went to the Kensington Wine Rooms in London to meet with Australia’s top diplomat in the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer (at Downer’s request). Downer was previously part of Hakluyt, a secretive British intelligence firm founded by former MI6 members. Downer remained associated with the firm following their departure, and this connects Downer to the British intelligence actors in this drama.

During their discussion, Papadopoulos told Downer (allegedly while drunk) about the Russians having material that would damage Clinton, which Downer later reported to the FBI. That bogus claim, of course, was planted in Papadapoulos’ head by Mifsud. The FBI has used this as cover for why they opened a counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign. After reports of this meeting surfaced, The New York Times commented, “It is unclear whether Mr. Downer was fishing for that information that night in May 2016.” Unclear to only the New York Times, perhaps.

Like Mifsud, Downer is connected to the Clinton Foundation, but to an overwhelmingly greater extent. Downer used his influence as ambassador to broker a $25 million donation from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation in 2007. Downer also potentially has a connection to Fusion, as Glenn Simpson described the “Downer/Papadpoulos” meeting in Senate testimony before news of the meeting was made public.

Meanwhile, FBI spy Stefan Halper had met with Papadaopoulos two months prior to the election, and immediately asked him if he’d known anything about Hillary’s emails. In other words, he was trying to fish out information that Downer didn’t. Papadopoulos says Halper wasn’t the only suspicious person to approach him. There were two others. Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante, told The Daily Caller that one of the contacts offered to pay him $30,000 a month during his time with the Trump team. Papadapoulos’ wife said that one of the people who contacted Papadapoulos was Sergei Millian, a businessman that’s cited in Steele’s dossier as “Source D.” “Source D” is where Steele claims to have sourced the “golden showers” story from. How it was communicated from the Agalarovs to Millian is a mystery.

British intelligence agency GCHQ was headed by Robert Hannigan, who resigned shortly after Trump was inaugurated without any notice. During the campaign, Hannigan intercepted communications of the Trump team, and passed them onto the CIA’s John Brennan, who then passed them on to the FBI. Brennan takes responsibility for sparking the FBI’s counterintelligence operation, in direct contradiction to the thesis that Papadapoulos was responsible.

As previously mentioned, Stefan Halper was the FBI’s spy in the Trump campaign. He’d worked for the CIA decades prior, and had connections to the British intelligence agency MI6 (where Steele previously worked) through a man named Sir Richard Dearlove. Halper believed that a Hillary victory would be better for U.S/U.K. relations, and given the number of actors from British intelligence, perhaps they shared similar motives.

In 2012, Joseph Mifsud worked with Claire Smith, a member of the U.K. Joint Intelligence Committee. As a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Smith participated in overseeing all British intelligence agencies, thus meaning she’s a high ranking member in British intelligence. This makes it unlikely that Mifsud was a Russian spy – and makes it more likely he’s part of the world of Halper, Steele, and others.

Conclusion

These are just the characters in the “set-up” stage of the Spygate scandal. For the tangled web of actors in the Robert Mueller special counsel, stay tuned for our next series of flowcharts.

And in the meantime, preorder a copy of “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald Trump.”

 

 

Who Was Stefan Halper?

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

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Just two months before the 2016 election, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos received a random meeting request from Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor and member of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS), which was founded by officers from British intelligence agencies. Halper was involved in a CIA spying scandal in the 1980s to benefit Ronald Reagan’s campaign, and while his history is as a Republican, he publicly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

So why was he speaking to Papadapoulos? Because Halper was the FBI’s inside source to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

Halper asked Papadopoulos to fly to London to discuss international relations and the possibility of Papadopoulos writing a policy paper on a gas field in the Mediterranean for $3,000. This was all cover so Halper could try to fish information out of Papadapous. Once they met, Halper was quick to turn to the subject of Russia, asking Papadopoulos, “You know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” Papadopoulos didn’t offer up any information, and contact with Halper didn’t extend much past that trip. Papadapoulos would finish and submit his policy paper to Halper, but there’s no evidence it was ever used for anything. 

So where did that comment about Hillary’s emails come from?

Months prior, Papadapoulos had a serious of meetings with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor who at one point claimed to have Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails (he didn’t), and Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat whom Papadopoulos would (allegedly drunkenly) tell he (falsely) had possession of Hillary’s emails. Mifsud reportedly only became interested in Papadapoulos after learning of his role within the Trump campaign, while Downer requested his meeting with Papadapoulos. Both are of note because Mifsud is on record having donated to the Clinton Foundation, and Downer helped broker a $25 million donation from the Australian government to the Clinton Foundation. Neither were political allies of Papadapoulos, but had their sights on him. 

Why? To help further a narrative about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, which Halper was well aware of.

Downer would later go to the FBI to report Papadapoulos’ claim, which would later be the claimed justification for the FBI’s counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign (though John Brennan claims it was actions he took which sparked the investigation). Regardless, the FBI now had a reasonable excuse to spy on the Trump campaign (regardless of their actual motive, to secure Hillary Clinton’s presidential victory).

Papadopoulos says Halper wasn’t the only suspicious person to approach him. There were two others. Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante, told The Daily Caller that one of the contacts offered him $30,000 a month during his time with the Trump team to work as a consultant. According to Mangiante:

It looks to be one among a series of attempts to entrap George. The question today to me [is whether] these people are simply shady businessmen or are they part of a greater attempt to entrap George in illegal activity.

And speaking of entrapment, while Papadapoulos didn’t do anything legally wrong, he’d later be charged with lying to the FBI about his conversations. That’s the same charge that Michael Flynn faced, even though the FBI agents who interviewed him didn’t believe that he lied. Unsurprisingly, Halper also spread a bogus warning to American authorities that Flynn was at risk of being compromised by Russian intelligence because of his relationship with a female journalist named Svetlana Lokhova. Why? Because in 2014 Flynn sat next to her at a dinner hosted by CIS. Lokhova said she thought the allegations were a joke, adding “In Britain, I am now being accused of being a Russian spy. In Russia, some think I am a British spy. And I am neither.”

In addition to Papadapoulos, Halper also made contact with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis and Carter Page, who was surveilled by the FBI.

Halper and the Steele Dossier

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson first hinted at the existence of Halper when he testified to Congress that the information in Christopher Steele’s dossier mirrored that of an FBI informant in the Trump campaign. Simpson told Congress, the FBI believed “Chris’ information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human.”

Who else could that have been except Halper?

Page and Halper first met at a conference in London on July 11th and 12th, which was when Page was on his returning trip from Moscow (a detail included in Steele’s dossier). The two then remained in contact during the following months. That conference was also attended by former MI6 head Sir Richard Dearlove, an associate of both Halper and dossier author Christopher Steele, who was working with the FBI at the time of Halper’s spying. Dearlove and Steele met in early fall of 2016, so Steele could get his advice on how to move forward with the information in his dossier.

Halper would also met with  Sam Clovis, but only once. Halper would later pitch himself as an ambassador to China for the Trump team after his presidential victory. In other words, even after Trump’s victory, the FBI looked to keep a spy planted within the presidency.

Given the excess number of leaks from the Trump White House during the first two years of the presidency, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were others who did manage to make their way in.

For more on the unprecedented infiltration of the Trump campaign, pre-order our forthcoming book “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump.” 

August 15, 2018: Ep. 785 Rachel Maddow Drops a Bombshell and Doesn’t Even Know It

Rachel Maddow dropped a bombshell about the Russian collusion hoax this week yet, she seems unaware of the consequences of what she’s asking for. I also address new information about the framing of the Trump team which will blow up the insane media narratives.

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What the Media Never Told You About the Russia Investigation Hoax

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

We heard a lot about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign over the past couple of years, but as is often the case, it’s what the media left out that’s more damning than what they reported. Dan Bongino’s new book “Spygate: The Framing of Donald J. Trump” exposes the truth of what happened during the 2016 presidential election.

Fusion GPS Has Russian Connections of Their Own

Remember the controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya? What most in the media conveniently left out of their coverage was that Veselnitskaya was also working with the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier at the time of the meeting. Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson the day of and the day after her meeting with Trump Jr.

Veselnitskaya was working with Fusion GPS on an unrelated case to advance Russian interests, while Fusion was funded by the Clinton campaign to allege a conspiracy between Trump and the Russians. We know that at least one person worked on both cases, a man named Ed Baumgartner.

The DNC Didn’t Want the FBI To Investigate Their “Hacked” Servers

If you heard that the DNC was hacked by the Russians, that’s only because it’s exactly what the DNC wants you to believe.

Rather than have the FBI examine the DNC’s servers, they instead hired the private company CrowdStrike to conduct the investigation. CrowdStrike is connected to the Obama administration and the DNC. After examining the servers for a mere day, CrowdStrike concluded two Russian groups were responsible for the cyberattack. Meanwhile, neither FBI nor any other law enforcement agency has looked at their servers—and still hasn’t to this day.

British Intelligence Hated Trump and the Ukrainians Feared Him

American and British intelligence were determined to preserve their “Special Relationship” of intelligence sharing, which they thought would be threatened by a Trump presidency, so they passed information to the CIA to help with the Trump collusion investigation.

Robert Hannigan, the head of British intelligence agency GCHQ, gave documents to CIA director John Brennan during in the summer of 2016. The matter was deemed so sensitive it was handled at “director level.” Brennan used GCHQ information and intelligence from other partners to launch a major inter-agency investigation.

Hannigan, who took over the agency in 2014, stepped down just four days after Trump was inaugurated. He told staffers only hours before making his decision public.

As for the Ukrainians, a Politico headline puts it best: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire.” Ukrainians chose a side in the 2016 election, and it was Hillary Clinton. Their target was Paul Manafort.

Some Supposed Pro-Trump Conspirators Have Clinton Connections

Two characters involved in one of the main events that supposedly set off the Trump collusion investigation had connections to the Clinton Foundation. Joseph Mifsud, the professor who promised campaign adviser George Papadopoulos compromising information on Hillary Clinton, has personally donated to the Clinton Foundation.

Papadopoulos told Australia’s ambassador to the UK, Alexander Downer, about Mifsud’s promised information. The contents of Papadopoulos and Downer’s conversation eventually ended up on the desk of the FBI. Downer had a history with the Clinton Foundation, having brokered a $25 million donation during uranium transfers.

Why Yes, There Was a Spy After All

For all the mockery Trump has received for tweeting that Obama spied on his campaign, there was indeed spying going on. A man with Deep State connections covertly gathered information on both George Papadopoulos and Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The Russia collusion narrative was a setup from the beginning. If you’d like to learn more, preorder a copy of Bongino’s new book, co-authored with D.C. McAllister and myself, Matt Palumbo, “Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump.”