- Cambridge University professor, Stefan Halper, contacted Trump advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis during the 2016 campaign
( Daily Caller ) A top-secret CIA and FBI source who spied on two Trump campaign advisers and initiated contact with a third was all but outed Friday night.
The New York Times and The Washington Post provided a detailed description of the source in articles published Friday night, but did not identify him by name, citing concerns about his physical safety.
But the reports match up exactly with a Cambridge University professor first described in a Daily Caller News Foundation report from March. That professor, Stefan Halper, contacted Trump advisers Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis during the 2016 campaign. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: A London Meeting Aroused George Papadopoulos’s Suspicions)
President Donald Trump commented Friday on the existence of an informant, who he asserted was “implanted” on the campaign “for political purposes.”
“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true — all time biggest political scandal!”
- George Papadopoulos was entrapped by three people, including the person who is reputed to be the spy
- A FISA warrant, as you know, was secured to spy on Carter Page because of the Steele dossier. But nothing came of Mr. Page. They dropped Carter Page entirely.
- Using the media, when the Steele dossier was exposed as a fraud, when it was exposed as an opposition research document, the intelligence people, the FBI, DOJ, went into stage 2, came up with a new reason, ostensibly to trigger the investigation. Turns out it wasn’t Carter Page. It was George Papadopoulos
RUSH: I now know who the spy is. I know now know who the FBI was running in the Trump campaign. I don’t think I’m gonna give you the name of the spy, but I’m gonna tell you everything the spy has done. It is the most amazing story. It is a story of entrapment. When you hear this, it’s gonna infuriate you. You’re gonna realize how utterly phony this entire investigation of Donald Trump is. It’s phonier than you even realize now.
And there is a CliffsNotes version of this, and there is the intricate detailed version of this. I’m gonna give you the CliffsNotes version when we get into this. The name of the spy, you may not know it, it’s not somebody when you hear the name, “Oh, that person.” It’s not that kind of person. Even to call the person a spy is a little bit of a stretch. It’s more like an operative employed by the FBI to basically entrap somebody who worked with the Trump campaign in a peripheral way, and it worked like a charm.
And it all involved the name George Papadopoulos. Does the name George Papadopoulos ring a bell? George Papadopoulos is the so-called second reason the Mueller investigation or the FBI investigation into Trump colluding with Russia began. The first reason we were given was Carter Page. A FISA warrant, as you know, was secured to spy on Carter Page because of the Steele dossier. But nothing came of Mr. Page.
The New York Times over the New Year’s weekend, 2017-2018, wrote a story saying that actually it was something else that triggered everything, and that was George Papadopoulos. They dropped Carter Page entirely and, using the media, when the Steele dossier was exposed as a fraud, when it was exposed as an opposition research document, the intelligence people, the FBI, DOJ, went into stage 2, came up with a new reason, ostensibly to trigger the investigation.
Turns out it wasn’t Carter Page. It was George Papadopoulos. And do you remember what they said Papadopoulos did? Papadopoulos got drunk one night at a bar in London and started talking to somebody that just happened to be an ambassador from Australia. And Papadopoulos told this guy that the Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton emails. The New York Times weekend story, New Year’s weekend in 2017-2018 stressed that that is what actually triggered the investigation.
Well, Papadopoulos was entrapped by three people, including the person who is reputed to be the spy. And very simply here’s the CliffsNotes version of what happened. George Papadopoulos, 24-year-old peripheral member of the Trump foreign policy campaign team. He was a nothing. He was a nobody, which made him a perfect mark. He was a young guy who wanted to go places.
LIAR! NEW YORK TIMES FLIP FLOP ON TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE TRIGGER: FROM CARTER PAGE, FUSION GPS DOSSIER TO DRUNK Papadopoulos
- New York Times 2018 claim: The infamous Fusion GPS dossier was not the catalyst for the FBI investigation on Trump-Russia collusion.
- April, 2017: New York Times identified former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page a spark for the Russia investigation
- December, 2017 : Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos drunken barroom conversation with an Australian diplomat in London in May 2016 was what led to the FBI probe.
- Rep. Jim Jordan: “The Democrats touted the Steele dossier’s conspiracy theories all year. But now, with the dossier’s credibility in tatters, they’re suddenly claiming that it was a totally irrelevant document all along,”
- The FBI and Justice Department were so concerned by Page’s involvement in the campaign that they obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant against him in Sept. 2016.
- No suggestion that a similar surveillance warrant was obtained for Papadopoulos
( Daily Caller ) The New York Times published an article over the weekend laying out a new origin story for the FBI’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government.
The infamous Steele dossier was not the catalyst for the investigation, according to four unnamed government officials who spoke to The Times. Rather, a drunken barroom conversation that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat in London in May 2016 was what led to the FBI probe.
“It’s too convenient,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller of the Times’ article.
“The Democrats touted the Steele dossier’s conspiracy theories all year. But now, with the dossier’s credibility in tatters, they’re suddenly claiming that it was a totally irrelevant document all along,” another source familiar with the congressional Russia investigations told TheDC.
According to The Times’ report, the Russia investigation began at the end of July 2016 after the FBI was told by the Australian government about a conversation that Papadopoulos had two months earlier with Alexander Downer, Australia’s top diplomat to the United Kingdom.
Perhaps the most scathing takedown of the Times report comes from Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who writes for National Review.
McCarthy notes that the Times had already previously identified a spark for the Russia investigation: former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The Times reported on April 20, 2017 that a trip that Page made to Moscow in July 2016 was “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.”
The Steele dossier alleges that during that trip, Page met secretly with two Kremlin insiders and that he also served as the Trump campaign’s liaison to the Kremlin. Page has vehemently denied the allegation. He has also said he had very little interaction with Papadopoulos during the campaign.
The FBI and Justice Department were so concerned by Page’s involvement in the campaign that they obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant against him in Sept. 2016.
But McCarthy points out that there has been no suggestion that a similar surveillance warrant was obtained for Papadopoulos. If the FBI and Justice Department were “so alarmed” by Papadopoulos’ conversation with Downer, why did they not obtain a FISA warrant against him, McCarthy wonders in his article.
McCarthy also questions why, if Papadopoulos was central to the FBI investigation, he remained unidentified for so long in press reports.
“If Papadopoulos had really been the impetus for the investigation way back in July 2016, what are the chances that we would never have heard his name mentioned until after his guilty plea was announced 15 months later?” asks McCarthy.
Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee Republican, echoed that point.
“When they’re leaking about the dossier and Carter Page back in the spring, where was this then?” he asked, referring to leaks from U.S. government officials.
President Trump has tweets about George Papadopoulos, the former low-level unheard of volunteer and foreign policy foreign adviser for Greece ( not Russia ) arrested by Mueller not because of Russia collusion but because of lying to FBI about timing.
- Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!
- The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign.
George Papadopoulos: did not plead guilty to Russia collusion but on lying to FBI on timing, indictment proof given by WH
- Robert Mueller did not make George Papadopoulos plead guilty to collusion with Russia.
- George Papadopoulos Papadopoulos, 30, was charged with willfully and knowingly making false statements to FBI agents regarding “the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials,” according to court documents.
- Papadopoulos was a low-level Trump-campaign adviser
- Sarah Huckabee: George Papadopoulos: “This individual was a member of a volunteer council that met one time.” http://fxn.ws/2iMOTO2
- The indictment against George Papadopoulos is based on emails provided to the Mueller by the White House / Trump campaign. This includes a series of emails where Papadopoulos urged the campaign to take a meeting with Russian government agents.
- Papadopoulos emailed an unidentified top Trump-campaign official, explaining with urgency that Russian officials wanted to meet Trump and “have been reaching out to me to discuss.”
- Manafort’s answer: “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips.”
- April 26, 2016, Russian Professor told Papadopoulos that he (the Prof) had just learned that top Russian-government officials had obtained “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The dirt is said to include “thousands of emails” — “emails of Clinton.”
- Papadopoulos was brought in to branch out relations to Greece, NOT Russia.