WHO MADE “FALSE STATEMENTS?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 1, 2018) — Late Thursday morning, former Trump volunteer adviser George Papadopoulos tweeted, further to his earlier comments on the subject, that the U.S. government allegedly obtained a FISA warrant to monitor his communications in 2016 while he was working in Cyprus as an energy consultant.
The 31-year-old suggested that the apparent surveillance resulted in what could be approximately 20 pages of still-classified documentation submitted by the FBI and Justice Department to a secret court to justify a similar warrant on former Trump adviser Dr. Carter Page.
In the very early minutes of Thursday, Papadopoulos suggested that the 20 pages, which President Trump has said are under review for declassification by the Justice Department’s inspector general, show that Papadopoulos was surveilled in 2016.
Surveillance of Page was first applied for in October 2016 and ran through September of last year. He has not been charged with a crime and recently told Fox News host Sean Hannity that neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has ever asked to speak with him.
Papadopoulos said he was advised in April 2017 that he was the subject of U.S. surveillance but that he did not take the information seriously at the time.
In January and February 2017, Papadopoulos was questioned by the FBI about any contacts he had with Russians as part of the agency’s counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign based on an allegation of “collusion” with Russia. In a scathing indictment issued later that year, prosecutors claimed that Papadopoulos lied about the timing of his contacts with Russians or their agents, including a “professor” now known to be Joseph Mifsud.
Papdopoulos has said in recent days that Mifsud’s London-based attorney has declared his client was working for the FBI in 2016 when he approached Papadopoulos to inform him that the Russians allegedly possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
According to the indictment, prosecutors said that Papadopoulos “made false statements in an effort to minimize the extent and importance of his communications with the Professor.”
The indictment additionally states that “the Campaign told The Washington Post that defendant PAPADOPOULOS was one of five named foreign policy advisors for the Campaign.”
The last page of the indictment is signed by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who assumed the “Russia” investigation after FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017.
Papadopoulos recently stated he may withdraw from the plea agreement based on new information he said has become available to him. In Thursday’s latest tweets, he expressed his belief that the “spying” he believes occurred took place not because of his role in the campaign, but rather, because of his private business dealings.
“I was a businessman in Israel and Cyprus. Nothing to do with Russia. If there was a FISA on me as very credible sources told me in April 2017, I was being spied on for my work in that part of the world. That is the real scandal,” he tweeted.
The Justice Department’s inspector general has been reviewing evidence pertaining to the conduct of the FBI and the Department in 2016 and whether or not any of their actions were politically-motivated. In June, IG Michael Horowitz issued a 568-page report identifying misconduct on the part of high-ranking FBI employees who have since resigned or been fired.
In another tweet Thursday, Papadopoulos wrote, “If my sources were correct in April 2017, largest channel on network tv and one of the two most powerful newspapers in America, and I had a FISA on me; if that country is named, it will rock one of the most important alliances the US has because of Obama DOJ misconduct. No Russia”. [sic]
At the time Trump indicated the 20 pages would be provided to Horowitz for his review prior to declassification, Trump said that “the Justice Department and U.S. allies have raised security concerns about their disclosure.”
At a campaign event last week, former White House occupant Barack Obama bragged that “Nobody in my administration got indicted” in an apparent attempt to compare with Mueller’s indictments of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and Trump’s first national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret).
Flynn’s communications, too, were captured during the transition between the Obama and Trump White Houses, and said to reveal that Flynn was not honest about the content of his communications with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak. In February 2017, Trump called the leaking of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak “a criminal act.”
Trump has repeatedly denied that anyone from his campaign was “colluding” with Russia and has often called Mueller’s probe “a witch hunt.”
On Monday, Papadopoulos implied that officials from the UK and Australia were “colluding” with the Obama regime and “have been begging the president to not declassify FISA.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.