WATCH: Papadopoulos Responds to NYT Report That FBI Spied on Him
Former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos responded last night to the better-late-than-never report from the New York Times that the FBI sent an informant to spy on him.
Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Papadopoulos explained the genesis of the spying:
“I received an unsolicited email in September of 2016 from a man who was suggesting that he wanted to pay me $3,000 to write a report on energy security questions and I was an expert on it at the time and Israel, Turkey and Cyprus,” he said. “I looked him up because I’d never heard of him. I saw that he had worked in four administrations and he was a professor at Cambridge so accepted his offer and he flew me to London where he paid for my five-star hotel and he said before I meet with you I want you to meet my assistant.”
“I went and I met with her and she was very suggestive as you can understand, younger, very flirtatious,” he continued.
“I right away understood this wasn’t a Cambridge assistant and she barely spoke English and she was very flirty and was trying to do two things, want to extract information about my professional connections in the Middle East and two to see if I had any information that she could potentially extract from meat on a Trump Russia which is nonsense. After I met with her she then is introduced to me again the next day where she goes from this suggestive young lady who now pouring his coffee and stuff on him is very belligerent,” he continued.
“From that moment I knew there was something wrong and I was laughing about it but now of course ‘The New York Times’ reported that she was some sort of agent but I don’t think she was FBI, I think she was CIA.”
Trump campaign chairman Brad Parscale released a statement yesterday slamming Democrats and the media for their feigned outrage over Attorney General William Barr’s use of the term “spying” to describe what happened to the Trump campaign.
“There is a word for this in the English language: spying. Democrats and their media friends have expressed horror at the term, but there is no other way to describe it: The FBI spied on the Trump campaign in 2016,” Parscale said. “For two years, Democrats and their allies in the media have lied to the American people about the Russia collusion hoax, when all along the real scandal was the Obama administration using the Justice Department to spy on a political adversary’s campaign. As President Trump has said, it is high time to investigate the investigators.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 2, 2019