Bongino: Possibility That Papadopoulos Was 'Set Up' by Professor 'Is Very Credible'
Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino reacted to the ongoing coverage of former Trump associate George Papadopoulos and his role in the Russian collusion accusations.
Papadopoulos said on ABC that Joseph Mifsud, a shadowy professor from Malta, invited him to a ritzy British hotel for breakfast one day, where Mifsud claimed he had information that the Kremlin had some of Hillary Clinton's emails.
Bongino said it is increasingly apparent that Papadopoulos is not a conspirator in some collusion activity but instead "part of a set-up" to hurt Donald Trump.
He said Papadopoulos' area of foreign policy expertise is with Egypt and not Russia, to begin with.
Bongino said the media is not covering the interaction with Mifsud as the facts appear to bear it out.
"Papadopoulos told us... there was no offer of emails, that was simply a statement," Bongino said.
He said that at the time of the meeting, more seasoned foreign policy experts were being "scooped up" by other Republican campaigns, and that Trump did not have "elite" people working for him.
"The set-up narrative is very credible if you look at the evidence," he said.
Mifsud's whereabouts are unclear; he may be in hiding or dead, according to conflicting reports.
A Swiss attorney named Stephan Roh, who claims to be a close friend of the Maltese professor, told the Daily Caller that reports of his death are unfounded and that he is living somewhere "nice."
Mifsud was last seen publicly at a speech to a Roman university in 2017, according to CNN.