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Papadopoulos told FBI informant there was no Russian collusion


PJMediaFor months, Republicans have been claiming that classified documents revealed exculpatory evidence that should have been included in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Carter Page -- and now The Hill's John Solomon has the scoop.

In mid-September of 2016, weeks after the Russia counterintelligence probe was launched, then-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an FBI informant there was no collusion going on between the campaign and Russia that he knew of, and that such activity would be "treasonous."

Papadopoulos told Solomon that he made the comments to London-based professor and FBI informant Stefan Halper.

“He was there to probe me on the behest of somebody else,” Papadopoulos said. “He said something along the lines of, ‘Oh, it’s great that Russia is helping you and your campaign, right George?’”

Papadopoulos said Halper also suggested the Trump campaign was involved in the hacking and release of Hillary Clinton’s emails that summer. “I think I told him something along the lines of, ‘I have no idea what the hell you are talking about. What you are talking about is treason. And I have nothing to do with that, so stop bothering me about it,’” Papadopoulos recalled.

If that's an accurate characterization, it's one hell of a leading question. And leaving that information out of the FISA warrant ("We had our informant talk to one of their guys and he denied it completely!") would be a significant violence of procedure at the FISA court. Even worse, since this was the same guy they had previously asked Mifsud to approach and plant the Russian collusion story.

Are there any tapes of this conversation that corroborate this description of it? I hope they are somewhere secure, with logs of who accesses them.

This entry was published Thu Oct 25 01:04:49 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-10-25 01:04:49.0. [Tweet]

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