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.
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.