Joseph Mifsud's interactions with George Papadapolous are central to the predication behind the Trump Russia investigation. They became the official predicate relied on by the FBI to launch Crossfire Hurricane. (Mueller Report, p. 89, footnote 465.) The launch of CH was key to the overall investigation, because CH was the formal investigation that followed initial lower-level investigative steps such as the use of informants. The opening of a formal investigation gave the FBI access to such investigative devices as FISA surveillance (which they proceeded to use against Carter Page).
Mifsud’s centrality to CH means that if he was an asset being run by the FBI or intelligence, serious questions are raised about the predicate behind the Trump Russia investigation, and frankly, serious questions are raised about how the entire investigation was conducted. And the evidence suggests that Mifsud was being run on the Western rather than Russian side.
Open source research that has been conducted strongly suggests that Mifsud was closely associated with Western intelligence agencies. The research demonstrates that he was employed with organizations that worked with Western intelligence and law enforcement agencies. This includes the London Center for International Law Practice (LCILP) (which coincidentally is where GP worked prior to and during the time he worked for the Trump campaign). He was also part owner of a university in Rome called Link Campus. This university held training sessions and other events with Western intelligence agencies.
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Yes, Mifsud had “connections” to Russia, in the sense that he sought to build partnerships between universities. There’s no indication that Mifsud had connections to Russian intelligence, though, whereas there are plenty of indications he had connections to Western intelligence.
So what would it mean if, when Mifsud was interacting with GP, Mifsud was an asset being run by the FBI or intelligence, in the same vein as other informants they used such as Stefan Halper? It would mean that the official predicate for the Trump Russia investigation was likely nothing more than the product of a sting operation. Such a sting operation would fit into a long pattern of manufactured developments in the collusion investigation.
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