Donald Trump wants people to believe that his 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton was where the FBI began its investigation into his campaign. He even mentioned her while he was abroad after the G-20 Summit. He is wrong. The seeds of the FBI’s investigation began with one mystery man.
Malta-born Joseph Mifsud talked to the Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos about the “dirt” the Russians had on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” according to The Washington Post.
The Maltese professor told Papadopoulos he could help connect him to the Kremlin. “Then Mifsud disappeared.”
Papadopoulos was an energy consultant from Chicago working for a think tank in London, the London Center for International Law Practices. He was also an “unpaid foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.”
Right after the young man joined the Trump campaign his think tank boss introduced him to Professor Joseph Mifsud. Papadopoulos’ boss Nagi Idris set up a meeting between the two men.
Mifsud told The La Republica:
‘I never got any money from the Russians: my conscience is clear. I am not a secret agent.’
Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) said:
‘When you look into Mifsud closer, you realize he’s connected with all kinds of intelligence agencies, including our own FBI. If he is in fact a Russian agent, this would be one of the biggest intelligence scandals for the United States and our allies.’
George Papadopoulos noted that he wanted the truth to be explained regardless of what it meant:
‘He is the enigma of the entire Mueller probe. Whatever remnant of my reputation that I have left, I would bet it all that he was a Western intelligence operative.’
The man who ran and managed the CIA’s Russian operations retired Steve Hall said:
‘You can almost never rule anything out completely. Oftentimes, you can cut through a lot of BS by saying, what makes the most sense here?’
Dean of the University of Stirling in Scotland Douglas Brodie worked in conjunction with Mifsud’s school, so that the Maltese professor’s students would end up with British degrees, Brodie said:
‘He was incredibly well connected with various people in embassies and that world in London. He was far more interested in trying to bring in highflying guest speakers and much more interested in working the embassy drink circuit than the nuts-and-bolts stuff. He loved all of that.’
Mifsud’s London Academy of Diplomacy began a partnership for exchange students in 2012. He conducted joint research with Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Faculty of Global Processes. It was an inside pathway for graduates on their way to work:
‘…in the Russian government, the presidential administration, federal ministries and agencies, the special services.’
Professor at the school Yury Sayamov met Mifsud after a lecture on diplomacy in Moscow back in 2015:
‘He was famous to us within the sphere of diplomats and those working on diplomacy. Many people in academia know him — in Russia and in other countries.’
Papadopoulos wrote in his book that he went to Rome with Idris, and Idris introduced him to Mifsud who told him:
‘I’m going to introduce you to everyone and set up a meeting between Trump and Putin.’
Former special counsel Robert Mueller III wrote that Mifsud developed a relationship with Papadopoulos in London. That was where the Russia investigation was born.
Mifsud connected Papadopoulos to an alleged Putin niece, who was a graduate student. The professor hooked up the Trump aide to a Russian think tank director linked to the Russian Foreign Ministry. He also promised to set up a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Papadopoulos thought that would help him with the Trump campaign officials. He even introduced him to the Italian attorney he would later marry.
The professor told Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton that was “thousands of emails.”
When he was in Washington, the FBI came up to Mifsud in his hotel’s lobby and asked about his connection to Papadopoulos. Muellers’ Report noted that the Maltese professor was not totally accurate. Papadopoulos had lied to the FBI about his connection to Mifsud, which “undermined investigators’ ability to challenge Mifsud.”
Papadopoulos claimed he wanted the professor to be located:
‘Some of the other strange characters in my story have gone public. Mifsud is the only one who has not come up for air — and I don’t know why.’
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