BOMBSHELL: Newly Declassified FBI Memos Conflict Mueller Claims in Papadopoulos Memo (VIDEO)
Some new FBI memos have been recently declassified and what they reveal is very damning to Mueller.
The newly declassified memos contradict court filings Mueller’s prosecutors made in asking a judge to send George Papadopoulos to prison.
Aaron Zelinsky, one of the four federal prosecutors on the Roger Stone case who recommended the maximum sentence, then resigned in protest after Attorney General William Barr revised it downward. He was also one of the three Stone prosecutors who had worked on Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel team.
Some background. Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos had been targeted by Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud in Rome and London in the spring of 2016. (He had been targeted by several others as well, but this particular conflict involves only Mifsud.)
Investigative journalists John Solomon and Lee Smith reported today that newly declassified FBI documents obtained through a FOIA request “directly conflict” with the sentencing memo signed by Zelinsky and two others.
John Solomon reported:
According to the sentencing memo signed by Zelinsky and fellow Mueller prosecutors Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Goldstein: Papadopoulos’ “lies undermined investigators’ ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States. The government understands that the Professor left the United States on February 11, 2017 and he has not returned to the United States since then.”
But FBI 302 reports detailing agents’ interviews with Papadopoulos show that he had in fact supplied information that would have enabled investigators to challenge or potentially detain or arrest Mifsud while he was in the United States.
Papadopoulos, a former volunteer foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, told agents during an interview on Feb. 10, 2017 that he “inquired to Mifsud about how he knew the Russians had [Clinton’s] emails, to which Mifsud strangely chuckled and responded, ‘they told me they have them.’”
According to the Mueller Report, in an interview with the FBI on the same day, Feb. 10, Mifsud “denied that he had advance knowledge that Russia was in possession of emails damaging to candidate Clinton.”
Mifsud did not leave Washington until the next day, Feb. 11. Papadopoulos’ information should have enabled investigators to confront Mifsud with conflicting testimony on a point of critical importance to the stated purpose of the Russia collusion investigation before the professor’s departure. But this information was not mentioned in Team Mueller’s original statement of offense, or plea agreement, filed Oct. 5, 2017 nor its later sentencing recommendation. In contrast, those documents portray Papadopoulos as trying to thwart the investigation.