The Department of Justice's internal review of the investigation in Russia focuses on transcripts of records made by at least one government source that met with George Papadopoulos, the former helper of the Trump overseas campaign, in 2016 German: www.socialistgroup.org/gpes/leaderv…=de&id=98171 Two sources familiar with the review say that in later requests for a warrant, Trump Campaign and the Russians, as some claim, did not start the investigation earlier than expected. Both components are considered keys to the review currently underway by Attorney General Bill Barr and Connecticut US Attorney John Durham, an effort that will attract more attention in the coming weeks and months, as statements by Robert Mueller in retrospect. [1
The records in question refer to conversations between government sources and Papadopoulos, which were recorded in transcripts. One source told Fox News that Barr and Durham are investigating why the material was removed from the applications to oversee another former Trump aide, Carter Page.
"I think it's the smoking weapon," the source said. These records have exonerating evidence, "the other source added. "It's normal to record conversations with someone like Papadopoulos – especially when he's overseas and there are no restrictions."
Prior to the presidential elections in 2016, Papadopoulos met with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud in London, who told him that the Russians had dirt in the form of e-mails that could damage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Papadopoulos told the Australian diplomat Alexander Downer the new information. Downer reported Papadopoulos's remarks to the FBI.
A source told Fox News that the "exculpatory evidence" in the transcripts is that Papadopoulos denies any contact with the Russians to obtain the alleged "dirt" on Clinton.
] Papadopoulos met not only abroad with Mifsud and Downer. He met with the Cambridge professor and longtime FBI informer Stefan Halper and his colleague, who traded under the pseudonym Azra Turk. Papadopoulos told Fox News that he had seen Turk in London three times: once with a drink, once with dinner and once with Halper. He told Fox News in May that he always suspected he was being recorded. He also tweeted during the Müller testimony on "records" of his meeting with Downer.
It is unclear at this time which of these individuals might have recorded conversations with Papadopoulos.
Former MP Trey Gowdy, RS .C., Now a Fox News associate, first reported the existence of transcripts of secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and Papadopoulos earlier this year.
"If the office will send in an informant, the informant will be wired. and if the office oversees phone calls, there will be a transcript of it, "Gowdy said in May's Fox News" Sunday Morning Futures ", confirming that he knew about the files and suggested that they provide exonerating information contained.
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"Some of us were lucky enough to know if these transcripts exist or not. But they have not been released yet, and I think one of them has the potential to convince people. I'm afraid that with this Russia investigation, very few people will convince that Trump hate or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to change the public when they are published.
The transcripts are currently classified by sources, however, under President Trump's move to May after Barr will likely approve the release of documents pertaining to monitoring his electoral campaign during the 2016 elections in a shared format.
A source told Fox News that Trump, Director of National Intelligence, did not order the clearance Dan Coats did not want to give anyone access to the file – because of concerns over the protection of sources and methods. Another source told Fox News in May that Coats, along with CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Dector Chris Wray, are all working "together" with Barr and Durham on the review.
According to one source, Barr and Durham also try to determine the actual "start date" of the investigation.
At that time, it was widely reported that the investigation was officially opened on 31 July 2016 by former senior FBI anti-espionage agent Peter Strzok after Downer disclosed that Papadopoulos had told the Russians "dirt" about Clinton. However, some claim that the investigation started before that date.
On Wednesday, member of the House's intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, called for R-Calif. Former Special Adviser Muller at the beginning of the Trump campaign investigation began on July 31, 2016, but in fact it started before that, "said Nunes." In June 2016, before the investigation was officially opened, Trump employees were Campaign Carter Page and Stephen Miller invited in July 2016 to a symposium at Cambridge University. However, your office did not investigate who was responsible for inviting these Trump employees to the symposium. "
Mueller replied," These areas … I will stay away. "
Papadopoulos said he was approached in May 2016 by two US-based US military officials Embassy in London – Gregory Baker and Terrence Dudley." He told Fox News that she would like to inform him about his relations with the Middle East
"They both wanted to flatter me about the campaign," Papadopoulos tweeted last year.
It's unclear at this time what involvement Baker and Dudley had, if anything, in gathering information Both Baker and Dudley denied Papadopoulos & # 39; tweet and said they had turned to him out of curiosity.
The president, his deputies and republicans on Capitol Hill have been demanding since the beginning of the millennium. Investigating a separate investigation into Russia's origins in the investigation Barr had commissioned Durham earlier this year to "investigate all intelligence "in connection with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections.
Barr-Durham's review may attract more attention after Muller's much-anticipated statement about Capitol Hill. The Republicans tried to focus their inquiry on the origins of Russia's investigation under the then-director James Comey's FBI, an issue Mueller repeatedly said was "out of his jurisdiction," as the ongoing investigation was being led by the Ministry of Justice. Another review will be carried out by the Inspector General of the DOJ.
"Maybe it's a better way to figure out how the false accusations started," said Jim Jordan MP, R-Ohio, on Wednesday. "Here's the good news – that's what Bill Barr does, and thank God for that."