WILL HIS “GUILTY” PLEA ALSO BE WITHDRAWN?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 15, 2020) — In a tweet at approximately 5:30 AM EST, former 2016 Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos commented that Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s (Ret) withdrawal Tuesday of his “guilty” plea for lying to the FBI is connected to his own “fate.”
“General Flynn dropping his plea agreement heightens the importance of his lawyer getting Joseph Mifsud’s phones delivered to the DOJ some months back,” Papadopoulos tweeted. “We can finally now understand why the General and I had the two same spies after us: Mifsud and Halper. Fates intertwined.”
“Mifsud” is the mysterious Maltese professor who in April 2016 told Papadopoulos that unnamed “Russians” possessed derogatory information on Hillary Clinton, perhaps in the form of the 33,000 emails she deleted from her private, unauthorized server used while she was Barack Obama’s secretary of state. According to Papadopoulos, Mifsud has been provided refuge by the Italian government for approximately two years, during which time he has not appeared in public nor been heard from.
The report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last March stated that Mifsud lied to investigators as to his role in the “Russia collusion” narrative alleged against members of the Trump campaign. Mueller’s prosecutors chose not to file charges against the professor.
In contrast, the Justice Department prosecuted Papadopoulos for allegedly lying to the FBI about his contacts with Mifsud, which the Mueller report claimed were detrimental to the Special Counsel’s investigation.
In October 2017, Papadopoulos accepted a “guilty” plea on the charge and spent 12 days in federal prison in late 2018.
In testimony to members of Congress in October 2018, Papadopoulos described events in which he was approached by various individuals, including two FBI agents stationed in London, who pressed him for information about the Trump campaign, which Papadopoulos had officially joined in late March 2016. It was after that time, Papadopoulos has said publicly and in his book, “Deep State Target,” that the overtures began from Mifsud, the London FBI agents, the office of then-Australian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Downer, and Cambridge University Prof. Emeritus Stefan Halper.
Halper has been identified as a “confidential human source” (CHS) utilized by the FBI to gain insight as to whether or not Trump campaign aides were illegally coordinating with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
The Mueller report determined that there was insufficient evidence to establish that “collusion,” or a conspiracy, as federal law sets forth, was taking place between any Americans and the Russian government.
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, who chaired the committee prior to January 2019 and issued a four-page memo nearly two years ago alleging that FBI and DOJ agents abused the process by which surveillance warrants are obtained, has said he believes the FBI began surveilling Flynn in 2015, long before the official date the FBI has provided of July 31, 2016 as the launch of its investigation into the campaign.
On Tuesday evening’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Nunes told host Laura Ingraham in person that “we knew early on in 2017 that Michael Flynn did not lie to the FBI. We actually put that in our report. It didn’t come out until 2018 after Flynn had already pled. But there were several of us as witnesses. We also told the highest levels of DOJ that we had been briefed by the FBI that Flynn didn’t lie to the FBI.”
Russian-born and current British citizen Svetlana Lokhova has alleged publicly in a number of interviews that Halper, who she had met at a 2014 symposium which Flynn also attended, began a false rumor that she and Flynn were romantically involved and that she was a “Russian agent.”
According to public reports, outgoing White House resident Barack Obama had counseled President-Elect Trump not to give Flynn a position in his administration, a warning Trump disregarded when he chose Flynn to serve as his national security advisor.
After portions of a transcript of a conversation between Flynn and then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak were leaked to a Washington Post reporter appearing to show that Flynn discussed the topic of “sanctions” in contradiction to what he told then-vice President-Elect Mike Pence, a media and political firestorm ensued, forcing Flynn to resign on February 13, 2017.
On March 4 of that year, Trump unexpectedly tweeted that his campaign was the subject of a “wire tap,” to the shock of the American media, which immediately ridiculed the idea and its messenger.
A report released December 9, 2019 by the Justice Department Inspector General’s office stated that the FBI and DOJ omitted and/or misrepresented crucial information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) when it applied for four surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign advisor Carter W. Page between October 2016 and August 2017, well into Trump’s first term.
While Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11 that he found no evidence of political bias as the motivation for the errors and omissions, he conceded that the egregiousness of the agents involved raises more questions.
According to Papadopoulos, in addition to Page, Flynn and himself, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had also been placed under government surveillance, a fact confirmed by the Horowitz report.
Papadopoulos is running for the US House of Representatives in California’s 25th District for the seat vacated by Democrat Katie Hill in October. He also hosts a new podcast, “Punching Back with George Papadopoulos,” which he claims has been censored by social media.
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