“A CAREFULLY ORCHESTRATED SET UP”
by Sharon Rondeau
Papalopoulos will be speaking privately to members of the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees, who have been pressing Justice and the FBI for answers and documents for more than 18 months.
At some point in 2016, although with a publicly-proffered date of July 31, 2016, the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign based on vague allegations that someone within the campaign was actively working with the Kremlin to undermine Clinton’s campaign. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, specifically repeatedly saying that there was “no collusion.”
Papadopoulos was indicted last year by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who assumed the FBI’s probe since the firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Many believe that the Mueller probe is illegitimate given what appeared to be Mueller’s conflicts of interest and former past misconduct when he served as FBI director between September 2001 and September 2013.
In the Mueller also worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston when four men identified by the FBI as having participated in a murder went to prison for decades although later proved innocent. Two of the men passed away while in prison while gangster Whitey Bulger remained free.
Two of the FBI agents who allegedly “framed” the four men for the 1965 murder of Teddy Deegan were later themselves indicted, with John Connolly convicted and the other, John Morris, “getting off” by testifying against Connolly. “Turns out that Connolly was Whitey Bulger’s corrupt handler and Morris was Connolly’s corrupt supervisor. When they weren’t pocketing bribes from Bulger, they were helping him murder potential witnesses who were poised to expose the FBI’s sordid, Faustian deal with the rat named Whitey Bulger,” wrote Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe in July 2011.
Left-leaning media have defended the Mueller probe into Russia’s alleged 2016 election-meddling and Trump-Russia “collusion.”
Papalopoulos pleaded “guilty” last month to lying to the FBI about his conversations “with individuals tied to Russia” in 2016. Following his testimony today, the 31-year-old will serve 14 days in federal prison, perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $9,500 fine.
A GoFundMe page set up for Papadopoulos indicates that slightly over $9,000 has been raised on his behalf since June and that neither he nor his wife, who immigrated from Italy, is able to work due to his legal challenges.
Both have said publicly that they believe his sentence is “fair.”
In recent weeks, Papadopoulos and his wife have appeared on several broadcasts, including “Hannity” on Tuesday night, with Papadopoulos stating that “it seems that I was completely set up by Western intelligence masquerading as Russians. Now if that’s true…what on earth am I getting in trouble for?”
The mainstream media has reported that the open-government organization Wikileaks was working with the Russian government in 2016 when it released thousands of emails at different times which not only showed that Clinton was openly favored by DNC officials over primary contender Bernie Sanders, but also that the Clinton campaign was coordinating some of its messaging with members of the media.
On Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tweeted that Papadopoulos’s denial of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin was omitted from four FISA applications made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Dr. Carter Page, another 2016 Trump campaign advisor.
FBI standards call for the agency to present all evidence to the court when requesting a warrant to monitor an American citizen’s communications. Many congressional Republicans have therefore contended that the warrants were politically-motivated and clear evidence that the Obama regime collected information on an opposition presidential candidate using the intelligence community to lend legitimacy to its activity.
Carter Page has not been charged with the crime and recently filed a lawsuit against the DNC for its part in commissioning the Russia “dossier,” which provided the bulk, if not the entirety, of “evidence” presented to the FISC by the FBI and DOJ. The dossier was funded by the DNC, which was tied to the Clinton campaign financially. A Democrat law firm, Perkins Coie, acted as an intermediary between DNC/Clinton and the private company Fusion GPS, which contracted with former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to tap his Russian “sources” for opposition research on Trump.
Steele had openly expressed distaste for the idea that Trump might become U.S. President and is now known to have met with at least one DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, in 2016. Additionally, Fusion GPS hired Ohr’s wife, Nellie, to work on the dossier for a fee of $40,000, a fact Bruce Ohr failed to report to his superiors and resulted in two demotions.
On Wednesday The Daily Caller reported that an attorney representing Papadopoulos sent a letter earlier this week to the House Oversight Committee identifying nine individuals Papadopoulos said approached him during the 2016 campaign cycle in an attempt to glean information from him about the Trump campaign.
Also on Wednesday, Papadopoulos tweeted that former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper “is currently in Australia colluding with their government to cover both his and Alexander Downer’s involvement in the most profound, and illegal, spying operation against an American and the presidential campaign he worked for in history.”
Downer reportedly played a role in putting forth the allegation that someone in the Trump campaign had inside information on Russia and Clinton’s emails.
Earlier that day, Papadopoulos tweeted that the individuals who approached him in Europe with alleged information on Russia and the Clinton emails were part of a “carefully orchestrated set up.”