WHAT “DIRT” WILL HE REVEAL?
by Sharon Rondeau
Earlier that day, The Washington Examiner reported details of Papadopoulos’s assertion, including a statement made to Buzzfeed News from Mifsud’s attorney, Stephen Roh of London, that he is seeking a date and time for his client to testify to a committee of the U.S. Senate.
The revelation puts to rest rumors that Mifsud is deceased following his reported disappearance in early 2017.
In a radio interview with Dan Bongino on November 2, Papadopoulos described a meeting in Rome he had with Mifsud at the latter’s request wherein Mifsud told him that Russian operatives were in possession of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos said Mifsud’s overture was far from the first made to him by strangers while he was working in the energy business in Europe in 2016.
It is now well-known that the FBI was involved in gathering information about the Trump campaign in 2016 through a counterintelligence probe unprecedented in presidential elections. In addition to Papadopoulos, several other former Trump campaign members have said that they, too, were approached by strangers appearing to offer assistance or information to the campaign which they now believe was part of an FBI-attempted “sting” operation.
After President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein brought in former FBI Director Robert Mueller to assume the “Russia” investigation, which has focused on whether or not anyone in the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Kremlin and the extent to which Russians attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.
A grand jury hearing evidence issued indictments for more than two dozen individuals and entities, most of whom are Russians and not likely to ever be prosecuted in a U.S. court. Americans indicted for alleged crimes other than “collusion” include short-term Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort; Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret), Trump’s first national security advisor; Rick Gates, a former Manafort and Trump aide; and Papadopoulos himself.
In September 2017, Papadopoulos accepted a “guilty” plea agreement for allegedly lying to the FBI. In sentencing a year later, he was given 14 days in prison, a $9,500 fine, and 200 hours of community service. In a recent interview with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade, Papadopoulos said he is seriously reconsidering his “guilty” plea, made in what he said was a “chaotic moment.” He told Kilmeade that he has a new legal team, tweeting on Tuesday evening his confidence in them.
Papadopoulos added that he was “framed in many ways” and that had exculpatory evidence been presented to him by the FBI, he would not have accepted the deal.
Roh has recently stated that Mifsud was working for the FBI at the time he approached Papadopoulos with the proposal that they meet in Rome. It is believed that the meeting served as the catalyst for the FBI to launch its investigation into the Trump campaign.