Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos told Fox News that Maria Bartiromo in an exclusive interview that he is returning to Greece to withdraw $ 10,000 he suspects he has dropped off his lap as part of a detention schedule the CIA or FBI federal investigators want to see the banknotes that he says are now kept in a safe.
Papadopoulos told Sunday Morning Futures he was "very happy" to see Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Muller for payment in the summer of 2017 during last week's hearings – although Mueller argued with no explanation that the issue was outside the scope of his investigation.
"I was very happy to see that Devin Nunes lifted him," Papadopoulos said. "A man named Charles Tauell gave me that money in very suspicious circumstances. A simple Google search for this guy will reveal that he was a CIA or State Department in South Africa in the 1
"So, I have my theory about what this is all about," added Papadopoulos. "The money I gave to my attorney in Greece because I felt it was given to me under very dubious circumstances." And when they returned to the United States, I had about seven or eight FBI agents scrambling in my luggage looking for money ". According to Papadopoulos," the whole set-up "by the FBI probably, or even the office of a special lawyer, is intended to" lead to a FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] offense against me. "
told Bartiromo in May that he wanted the authorities to look at the traces of money. "Actually I want Congress, [Bill] Barr, [DOJ Inspector General Michael] Horowitz, and [U.S. Attorney John] Huber to review the bills because I still have These bills, which are still in Athens, have to be examined by the investigators, because I think they are tagged and they will go all the way to DOJ under the previous FBI under [James] Amy and even Müller's team. "[1 9659003] He added," If Müller's team goes around, attracting campaign associates and supporters of Trump, as they did to me – I'm sure they are not just me – it will open a massive box, says Papadopoulos. "I think we should but to get to the bottom just not just how this story started but why they got us in the way. "
In a court filing last year, Muller wrote that Papadopoulos had provided $ 10,000 of information he had received from a foreign citizen, whom he believed was likely to have been a scout of a foreign country (other than Russia). "The defendant said he had kept that money in a safe until a sentence had been issued in this case, and the defendant's lawyer had consented to the imposition of that fine "Writes Müller's team.
Meanwhile, the internal review of Russia's Justice Ministry overlapped with recordings of records made by at least one government source who met Papadopoulos abroad in 2016, specifically examining why certain "exculpatory" materials from them are not presented in a subsequent application. according to two sources familiar with the review
The sources also said the review looked closer to the actual starting date of the original FBI investigation of potential collusion between the members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. , as some say the probe has begun earlier than thought. Both components are considered key in the review currently being conducted by Barr and US Connecticut attorney John Durham – an effort that will certainly attract more attention in the coming weeks and months now that Mueller's testimony is over.
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The recordings in question refer to talks between government sources and Papadopoulos, which were recorded in transcripts. One source told Fox News that Bar and Durham are reviewing why the material is left out of sight of another former Trump's assistant, Carter Page.
"I think it's the smoking gun," the source said. These records have justifiable evidence, "the other source added. "It is standard to record conversations with someone like Papadopoulos – especially when they are abroad and there are no restrictions."
Before Papadopoulos' 2016 presidential election, Papadopoulos met with the Maltese professor Joseph Miffus in London, who told him the Russians had emaciated dirt that could hurt the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Then Papadopoulos told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer about the new information. Downer reported Papadopoulos' comments to the FBI.
Source told Fox News that the "supporting evidence" included in the transcripts is Papadopoulos, who denies contact with the Russians to get Clinton's alleged dirt.
On Sunday, Papadopoulos told Sunday Morning Futures that "as soon as I joined the Trump campaign, I was invited by the former Foreign Minister of Italy to meet Joseph Mifsud as I was familiar with this a foreign minister from a company I worked on what is related to MI6. So clearly, there was some sort of global or at least European radar while I was living in London and as soon as I joined the Trump campaign – which was not even the media knew about this time – I'm familiar with Joseph Mifsud in Rome, at a school that the CIA and the FBI. "
He added," So why did you introduce me to Joseph Mifsud and why this company introduced me to Joseph Mifsud, now that we know they are accomplices according to MI6 and FBI, suspicious and more reprehensible, in my opinion. "
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Papadopoulos not only met with Mifsud and Downer , while abroad. He met with Professor Cambridge and longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper and his associate who went under the name Azra Turk. Papadopoulos told Fox News that he had seen Turk three times in London: once for drinking, once for dinner and once for Halper. He also told Fox News back in May that he had always suspected he was being recorded. He also wrote during Muller's testimony of "recordings" at his meeting with Downer.
At this stage it is unclear which of these people may have recorded conversations with Papadopoulos. Mifsud was not apparently spotted in Muller's probe, a point in the republic of Ohio, Jordan, a Republican who was repeatedly tortured during last week's hearings.
The former representative of the Hellenic Republic is now a Fox News associate. the existence of copies of secretly recorded conversations between FBI and Papadopoulos informants earlier this year.
"If the Bureau sends an informant, the informant will be connected, and if the Bureau monitors telephone conversations, there will be a transcript of it," Gowdy said in May at Fox News "Sunday Morning Futures," admitting that he was familiar with the files and suggests that they include exculpatory information. Brooke Singman and Maria Bartiromo to this report.