Papadopoulos: London Meeting With Aussie Diplomat Apparently Part of 'Setup' to Cause Trump Probe
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos told Martha MacCallum on "The Story" that it increasingly evident he was "set up" through a series of foreign meetings in order to create a pretext for a U.S. probe into alleged Russian collusion.
Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison in connection to the Mueller probe, but also posted a cryptic tweet reading "there is a lot to come."
If I am going to be under scrutiny for contacts with a Maltese prof, the fake niece of Putin, and a Russian think tank analyst, then I definitly should also be for my numerous interactions with western intel and diplomats, right?
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 17, 2018
There is a lot to come
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 16, 2018
Papadopoulos had met abroad with Joseph Mifsud, a shadowy professor from Malta, who told him the Russians had thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails.
He said that he was later "lured" to a meeting in London with Australian diplomatic official Alexander Downer.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 18, 2018
Trace Gallagher reported that Papadopoulos told Downer the Russians may have compromising information on Clinton.
Papadopoulos told MacCallum that in hindsight, the meetings with officials prior to Downer seem "incredibly suspicious."
An Israeli diplomat named Christian cantor, who hated Trump, introduced me to his 'girlfriend' who just happened to be an Australian intel officer and assistant to Downer. Named Erika Thompson. After I humiliate David Cameron in the British press, Downer wants to meet.
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 15, 2018
He said the meeting with Downer at a bar seemed "completely controlled" and that it was not a simple offer by the Aussie for the American to "invite me for a drink."
He said that, about that same time, he was introduced to an Israeli official named Christian Cantor, who he said "absolutely detested Trump."
Cantor introduced Papadopoulos to his girlfriend, Ericka Thompson, who was a counselor to Downer and the greater intelligence community in Canberra, Papadopoulos said.
In May of 2016, Papadopoulos gave an interview to a London paper in which he asked that then-Prime Minister David Cameron apologize for ripping Trump over his proposed "Muslim ban."
He was later approached by people he believed to be U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency officials after his comments about Cameron.
"A day or so after that, Alexander Downer wants to meet me in a bar along with his assistant, who was an Australian intelligence officer," Papadopoulos said, adding that he remembered Downer as being "incredibly belligerent."
Papadopoulos said he remembers Downer as being "incredibly belligerent."
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