By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Former Italian Interior Minister Vincenzo Scotti pushed Joseph Mifsud, an academic with ties to Western intelligence and security officials, in the spring of 2016 to introduce junior Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to Mifsud’s Russian contacts, according to his lawyer, Stephan Roh.
As reported byÂ The Epoch Times, the suggestion came from Scotti, a long-time associate of Mifsud, and Nagi Idris, a lawyer of Sudanese origin who, at the time, was Papadopoulos’ boss at the London Centre for International Law Practice (LCILP).
The FBI cited information that stemmed from the Mifsud-Papadopoulos contacts as the reason why it launched a ‘counterintelligence’ probe of several 2016 Trump campaign members.
The site noted further:
Rohâ€™s account comes at a time when the Trump administration, as well as some Republican lawmakers, seek to determine how the snooping on Trump campaign aides under the Obama administration was started and justified.
In April, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers about his intention to examine “both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016.” Barr has assigned part of that duty to Connecticut-based U.S. Attorney John Durham.
According to Ron, he gave Durham’s staff a May 2018 recorded Mifsud deposition in addition to other information. Also, he provided the deposition to some U.S. lawmakers “as we think that it is in the best interest of Prof Mifsud to cooperate with U.S. investigators and as he has not instructed us otherwise,” Roh noted in an email.
He added that he lost contact with Mifsud a few months ago.
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in his final “Russiagate” report, identified Mifsud as someone who “maintained various Russian contacts.”
Mifsud was the one who told Papadopoulos on April 26, 2016, that Russia had “dirt” on Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including thousands of emails and other data, Papadopoulos told the FBI.
The Epoch Times noted further:
In the spring of 2016, the FBI was still investigating whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server for State Department business. The U.S. intelligence community assisted in that probe by checking whether Clintonâ€™s emails had been obtained by foreign actors.
Weeks after the FBI closed that investigation without charging Clinton, much of the same counterintelligence team learned of what Mifsud told Papadopoulos and promptly opened the Trump-Russia probe, according to the official narrative.
Mueller took over the probe in 2017 and, in March, concluded that â€œthe investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.â€
In May, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), saidÂ he was seeking documents from the NSA, CIA, State Department, and the FBI regarding Mifsud because he suspects he’s always been a U.S./Western intel asset.
Fox Newsâ€˜ Catherine Herridge and Alex PappasÂ noted further:
House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin NunesÂ is scrutinizing the findings inÂ Special Counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s reportÂ about Joseph Mifsud â€” the mysterious professor from Malta who helped ignite the Russia probe in 2016 â€“ and wants to know exactly who he was working for when he spoke with former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos.
It has long been suggested that Mifsud was connected to Russian intelligence. But Nunes, in a Friday letter obtained by Fox News, questions that assumption, saying Muellerâ€™s report â€œomits any mention of a wide range of contacts Mifsud had with Western political institutions and individuals.â€Â
Mifsud is a crucial figure in the report: Muellerâ€™s report states that Mifsud was the one who told Papadopoulos in April 2016 that the Russians had â€œdirtâ€ in the form of emails that could damage Hillary Clintonâ€™s 2016 presidential campaign.
As the story goes, Papadopoulos then told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer about his conversations with Mifsud. Downer then informed U.S. officials, leading the FBI to open its investigation into whether Trump associates were coordinating with Russia during the 2016 election.
In addition, the California Republican is seeking information regarding the FBIâ€™s contacts with Mifsud, and specifically how agents knew to question Papadopoulos regarding Clintonâ€™s emails if they had not already talked to Mifsud.
Nunes sent his letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone and FBI Director Chris Wray.
â€œIf Mifsud has extensive, suspicious contacts among Russian officials as portrayed in the special counselâ€™s report, then an incredibly wide range of Western institutions and individuals may have been compromised by him, including our own State Department,â€ Nunes wrote.
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