WASHINGTON. The New York Times has attempted to soften the blow to impeachment-crazed Democrats and their enablers in the media – which is to say, themselves. Finally, they admitted – sort of – that the Obama administration spied on members of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign in what’s become known as “Spygate.” But the story still fails to focus on an important Spygate linchpin: Joseph Mifsud.
Under the headline: “FBI Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet with Trump Aide in 2016,” the Times’ story clearly hopes to boost the spirits of Trump/Russia collusion obsessives when the report by Inspector General for the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, is eventually released.
Clearly, the Times’ Spygate story reports what most regarded as common knowledge some time ago. But the nation’s “newspaper of record” now reports that story as “news.” They state that the FBI’s use of spies to infiltrate the Trump campaign…
“… shows the level of alarm inside the F.B.I. during a frantic period when the bureau was trying to determine the scope of Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 election, but could also give ammunition to Mr. Trump and his allies for their spying claims.”
The “alarm” felt by those at FBI headquarters was that Trump might defeat Hillary Clinton for president. The FBI’s head of counterintelligence, Peter Strzok, famously assured his G-Woman mistress, Lisa Page, the he had an “insurance policy” to prevent such an occurrence.
For a time, Strzok led the bureau’s tainted Trump/Russia investigation. And that inquiry was predicated on a simple conversation held in a London bar.
The Times’ story centers on the use of two human assets in Spygate: Stefan Halper, who served in several Republican administrations and is a close friend of the Bush clan; and a Mata Hari of sorts known only as “Azra Turk.”
However, missing from the Times’ story is the most interesting human asset in the Spygate travesty. The one who started it all.
Recall that Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos became a target of Federal investigators and overseas intelligence assets. That happened after he mentioned in a conversation with an Australian diplomat that Russia had procured thousands of damaging emails belonging to Hillary Clinton.
Nonetheless, Papadopoulos said the aforementioned information was passed to him by a mysterious former Maltese diplomat named Joseph Mifsud.
Not much is known of Mifsud, an academic who divides his time between London and Rome. But he became an object of interest in the Spygate scandal following former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress last July.
The following exchange occurred between GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and Mueller at that time.
Jordan: “With Mr. Papadopoulos, they didn’t go to the courts [to apply for warrants to spy on him]. They used human sources… From about the moment Papadopoulos joins the Trump campaign, you get all these people, all around the world, starting to swirl around him… meeting in Rome, London, all kinds of places. The FBI even sends a lady [Azra Turk] posing as somebody else… to spy on Papadopoulos.
“In one of these meetings, Mr. Papadopoulos is talking to a foreign diplomat. And he tells the diplomat, ‘Russians have dirt on Clinton.’ That diplomat then contacts the FBI. And the FBI opens an investigation based on that fact.
“… What I’m wondering is: Who told Papadopoulos? How did he find out?”
Mueller: “I can’t get into the evidentiary findings…”
Jordan: “Yes you can, because you wrote about it. You gave us the answer. Page 192 in the [Mueller] report. You tell us who told him. Joseph Mifsud… the mysterious professor who lives in Rome and London.”
“Did you interview Mifsud?”
Mueller: “I can’t get into that.”
Jordan: “Is Mifsud Western intelligence or Russian intelligence?”
Mueller: “I can’t get into that.”
Jordan: “A lot of things you can’t get into.”
The NYT follows up, MSM yawns
The next day, a Times story regarding Joseph Mifsud described him as a man Democrats believe is “among the clearest links between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.”
Nonetheless, America’s mainstream media wasn’t all that interested in learning why Special Counsel Mueller did not prosecute Mifsud, who the former FBI director said lied repeatedly when questioned by Federal investigators. Trump associates are either behind bars or headed there for having lacked total recall when questioned by the FBI. Why the difference?
Journalism Italian style
Luckily for us, Italy’s La Repubblica picked up the slack for the disinterested scribblers of our media.
In an exclusive interview with the Italian newspaper, Mifsud admitted:
“I am a member of the European Council on Foreign relations. And you know which is the only foundation I am a member of? The Clinton Foundation. Between you and me, my thinking is left-leaning.”
The company she keeps
However, both Christopher Steele of Trump dossier fame and shifty former diplomat Joseph Mifsud were instrumental figures in facilitating the Obama administration’s and Clinton campaign’s plot to negate the legitimate outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Above all, notice the less than six degrees of separation between Hillary Clinton and these two nefarious Spygate characters.
Both of whom are foreign intelligence agents.