The New York Times is desperately trying to deflect attention away from the Trump Dossier. They are foaming at the mouth about George Papadopoulos. This is not exactly news. It is all based on a plea bargain signed by Papadopoulos in October. There is absolutely nothing new here.
The following CNN article includes the signed agreement by Papadopoulos:
The timing is all wrong. Papadopoulos met the “professor” on or about March 14, 2016.
On or about April 26, 2016 he met the professor for breakfast. Following is a description of what the professor said:
During this meeting, the Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that he had just returned from a trip to Moscow where he had met with high-level Russian government officials. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that on that trip he (the Professor) learned that the Russians had obtained “dirt” on then-candidate Clinton. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS, as defendant PAPADOPOULOS later described to the FBI, that “They [the Russians] have dirt on her”; “the Russians had emails of Clinton”; “they have thousands of emails.”
Here is what CNN and the New York Times either missed or just didn’t tell you. Most hacked DNC e-mails were written after April 29, 2016. Of the 27,500 DNC e-mails, fewer than 7,000 predate April 29th.
It is extremely unlikely that this professor was talking about the DNC e-mails. If anything, he was talking about e-mails obtained by Russian Intelligence from Hillary’s illegal unsecured e-mail server. If the FBI had this information, it should have alerted them to the very real threat that highly classified e-mails processed by the Clinton personal server had been compromised by Russian intelligence. It certainly did not justify seeking a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign officials.
It would also be interesting to know how the FBI confirmed that Papadopoulos was lying. Was the breakfast with the Russian professor recorded? If so, by whom. I doubt that the Russian professor gave a statement to the FBI or anyone else. Was someone else at this meeting? If so, who was that? There are more questions than answers here
In addition, even if the story is true, it would not justify the FBI investigating the Trump campaign regarding collusion with Russia. According to this report the Trump collusion investigation did not start until after the DNC e-mails were released by WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016. Conveniently that was shortly after James Comey’s press conference exonerating Hillary Clinton by pointing out her criminal negligence.
The WikiLeaks e-mails were not e-mails from Hillary Clinton, they were e-mails by top officials at the DNC. Here is an article in the Washington Post listing the most damaging e-mails:
They weren’t even about Hillary Clinton. They were about the bias within the DNC mocking both Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama. If the FBI did open an investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia because of this meeting by Papadopoulos with the assumption that this was about the DNC Server those involved should all be fired for incompetence and stupidity.
Once again, one must wonder if the main stream media really this stupid or are they desperately hoping we are this stupid. It is increasingly obvious that they are beyond desperate.