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“ANY TIME NOW”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 18, 2019) — On Friday night’s “Hannity,” guest host Jason Chaffetz announced that “big news” is anticipated to be released next week in regard to the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into the “investigators” of the Trump-Russia “collusion” probe which hobbled the Trump administration for more than two years.
The probe ultimately found insufficient evidence of any conspiracy to impact the 2016 presidential election won in what was seen by many as an upset by then-businessman Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Chaffetz’s announcement came at the halfway mark of the show, at approximately 9:31 p.m. EDT, in which he included that the release of a major report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on alleged abuse of the FISA warrant procedure could be released “any time now.”
The report was originally expected in “May or June,” according to U.S. Attorney General William Barr in April, but was delayed significantly when individuals reportedly consented to interviews to provide new information shortly thereafter.
The DOJ has been tight-lipped as to the progress of its probe into the original “investigators,” providing no updates on its work since President Trump announced in May that he gave Barr authority to declassify documents associated with the Russia “collusion” probe.
The former chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee before resigning his seat in Congress in early 2017, Chaffetz reported that U.S. Attorney John Durham, who Barr tasked with “investigating the investigators,” has obtained two Blackberrys used by the mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who in April 2016 told then-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos that Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
During the broadcast, Chaffetz referred to the Trump-Russia investigation as a “witch hunt,” a term Trump used almost daily while Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted his 22-month probe, assumed from the FBI in May 2017, into whether or not “collusion” took place or that Trump obstructed justice.
The Mueller report states that Mueller’s 19 prosecutors, dozens of FBI agents and support personnel were unable to locate Mifsud for an interview to discover where and how he obtained the information he imparted to Papadopoulos, which the latter believes was part of a scheme to “frame” him as a criminal.
The report added that Mueller’s team determined that Mifsud had ties to Russia, although several congressmen have claimed that Mifsud is a Western intelligence asset.
Mueller’s report, with which he himself appeared unfamiliar during his July sworn testimony to two congressional committees, also claimed that Papadopoulos’s alleged dishonesty had impeded investigators’ attempts to reach Mifsud.
In October 2017, Papadopoulos accepted a plea agreement on one count of lying to the FBI which he later said occurred during a “chaotic moment.” In his book, “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump,” Papadopoulos wrote that his attorneys were not provided exculpatory information, which he now believes includes recordings, and transcripts produced from them, of the conversations between the Mifsud and himself about Clinton’s emails.
“Tonight, there is likely so much more to this story,” Chaffetz said, as he introduced Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett, author of the new book, “Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History.” At the outset of his interview, Jarrett said that “the spying that occurred on the Trump campaign initiated by John Brennan’s CIA and other intelligence agencies was outsourced to foreign undercover informants like Stefan Halper and yes, Joseph Mifsud. If you read the Mueller report, Mueller would have you believe that Mifsud’s a Russian asset; he’s not. Either that was an intentional misrepresentation by Mueller or he’s incredibly gullible, and maybe a little bit of both. Now Mifsud has always been a Western intelligence source, and in fact, he gives instructions to U.S. intelligence agents, including the FBI. So think about this: our own asset is feeding disinformation to George Papadopoulos on purpose to set him up as a patsy to justify an investigation of Donald Trump…”