WASHINGTON. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio would like an answer to a simple question: Who is Joseph Mifsud? He’s the man the New York Times describes as “an otherwise obscure Maltese professor with sketchy academic credentials who has stayed out of public view for more than a year and a half.”
Spycraft at home and abroad
That may be so, but Professor Mifsud, along with British spy Christopher Steele’ of Trump dossier fame, provided the impetus for the US counterintelligence operation relentlessly waged against Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign. An operation that morphed into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into the charge that Trump treasonously colluded with Russia to deny Hillary Clinton her rightful place behind the big oak desk inside the Oval Office.
According to the Mueller report, Mifsud – who is also a former Maltese diplomat – was the man who informed the Trump campaign’s foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos that Russia possessed emails from Hillary Clinton.
According to the Mueller Report, Mifsud is…
“… a London-based professor who had connections to Russia and traveled to Moscow in April 2016. Immediately upon his return to London from that trip, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that the Russian government had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails… Mifsud showed interest in Papadopoulos only after learning of his role on the [Trump] Campaign.”
When Mifsud was later questioned by the FBI, he…
“… denied that he had advanced knowledge that Russia was in possession of emails damaging to candidate Clinton.”
Papadopoulos served 12 days in prison for “lying” to federal investigators regarding his meetings with Mifsud. Upon his release from prison, Papadopoulos tweeted:
“The truth will all be out. Not even a prison sentence can stop that momentum. The wool isn’t going to be pulled over America’s eyes forever.”
Jordan shines a light
Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan attempted to uncover that truth in a series of pointed questions to Robert Mueller.
Jordan: “Director, the FBI interviewed Joseph Mifsud on February 10, 2017. In that interview, Mr. Mifsud lied… Three times he lied to the FBI, yet you didn’t charge him with a crime… Why didn’t you charge him with a crime?”
Mueller: “I can’t get into internal deliberations with regard to who would or would not be… ah…”
Jordan: “You charged a lot of other people for making false statements.
“Let’s remember this: in 2016, the FBI did something they probably haven’t done before. They spied on two American citizens associated with a presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.
“With Carter Page, they went to the FISA court. They used the now famous [Christopher Steele] dossier as part of the reason they were able to get the warrant and spy on Carter Page for the better part of a year.
“With Mr. Papadopoulos, they didn’t go to the courts. 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 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 report. You tell us who told him. Joseph Mifsud… the mysterious professor who lives in Rome and London.”
Having laid the groundwork, Jordan asked the $65,000 question.
Jordan: “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.”
Democrats launch new Cold War
It’s ironic that while Democrats were wildly opposed to President Ronald Reagan’s ramping up the Cold War – through increased defense spending, missile defense research and development, and demands that Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev “tear down” the Berlin Wall – in 2016, Democrats used America’s domestic and foreign clandestine services and assets to wage a new cold war. One against the American electorate that rejected them and their corrupt presidential standard bearer.
Democrats continue to do so under the laughable pretext of defending the US against Russia’s attempts to “destroy American democracy.”
But Rep. Jim Jordan had some good news for the targets of the Democrat’s Russia-collusion counterintelligence caper – the American people.
“Maybe a better course of action is to figure out how the false accusation [of Trump/Russia collusion] started. Maybe it’s to go back and figure out why Joseph Mifsud was lying to the FBI. And here’s the good news… that’s exactly what [Attorney General] Bill Barr is doing.”
Burning their sources and methods
The FBI has admitted anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele was a paid asset of the bureau. That said, was Joseph Mifsud a paid asset of our CIA?
Mueller won’t say.
Former CIA Director John Brennan was so invested in the Steele dossier, he insisted it be included in the intelligence community’s 2017 assessment report on Russia’s so-called interference in the 2016 election.
Brennan, now a paid asset of NBC News, even accused President Trump of engaging in “treasonous” acts.
Brennan, along with the mainstream media, is troubled by the unprecedented power granted Attorney General Barr by the president to see and release previously classified information to the public concerning the origins of the Russia-collusion hoax.
While speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Brennan said,
“Is he [Barr] just going to release information he deems appropriate for Mr. Trump’s defense? So, this is very serious and I know my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry.”
Brennan’s fear was mirrored in comments made by US intelligence veteran Larry Pfeiffer in his interview with POLITICO.
“There’s nothing CIA or NSA, for example, guards more jealously than sources and methods. It is not hyperbole to say that lives are at stake.”
Imperiling the lives of corrupt US intelligence agents, whose “sources and methods” aided the Obama administration in its plot to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election, is a risk well worth taking.
What are their lives compared to the liberties of the American people?
Let’s hope Attorney General Barr’s investigation drags many of these traitors (John Brennan?) and members of their international intelligence network out of the shadows and into the light.
And first among them should be the obscure Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud.
Top Image: Rep. Jim Jordan. C-SPAN screen capture.