George Papadopoulos, President Donald Trump’s former campaign foreign policy adviser, has broken his silence on the bombshell filings by Special Counsel John Durham.
Papadopoulos says the allegations prove that he was set up by Hillary Clinton, who he says ran a smear campaign that was “a master class in deception.”
Speaking to Fox News, Papadopoulos said that the original Trump-Russia probe was about “manufacturing a situation” around Trump and his associates in an effort to tie them to the Kremlin.
Reacting to the allegations that Hillary and her associates were spying on Trump’s White House servers, Papadopoulos warned “there are no coincidences in this entire saga.”
He said: “This was literally about manufacturing a situation around Trump and his people that made it seem as if all of them, including the president and his family, were somehow colluding or in the works with the Russians.
“What we’re witnessing was a master class in deception, propaganda, and tradecraft.
“In this case, I think there were so many vested interests in a Hillary Clinton presidency—that’s why you see all of these actors activated the way they were.
“This wasn’t just about collecting dirt. It was about planting dirt.
“This is what people have to understand.
“I was set up,” he warned.
“When the FBI came to talk to me, they asked if I ever heard anything about the Russians.
“I told them Mifsud came to me, and they said I messed up the dates of the meeting.
“We all know now it was all fake, and nonsense, and it all makes sense now.
“This entire thing was manipulated with two goals in mind—to prevent Trump from winning, and 2, if he won, to handcuff him from being able to govern the country properly.
“There are no coincidences in this entire saga.
When many so called “friends” abandoned me in 2019 there was one icon who had my back. His name? Rush Limbaugh. Today marks the one year anniversary of his death. He is missed.
The Limbaugh Letter – JUNE 2019 – George Papadopoulos https://t.co/wFT7yOklJv
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) February 17, 2022
NEW: Former Trump aide @GeorgePapa19 slams original #trump #Russia probe as “master class in deception”
“This was..about manufacturing a situation around Trump&his people that made it seem as if all of them
were colluding or in the works with the Russians”https://t.co/jJssOTo1ZY
— Brooke Singman (@BrookeSingman) February 17, 2022
From Fox News:
Durham has indicted three people as part of his investigation: Michael Sussmann in September 2021, Igor Danchenko on Nov. 4, 2021 and Kevin Clinesmith in August 2020.
The indictment against Sussmann, says he told then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in September 2016, less than two months before the 2016 presidential election, that he was not doing work “for any client” when he requested and held a meeting in which he presented “purported data and ‘white papers’ that allegedly demonstrated a covert communications channel” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
Danchenko was charged with making a false statement and is accused of lying to the FBI about the source of information that he provided to Christopher Steele for the anti-Trump dossier.
Kevin Clinesmith was also charged with making a false statement.
…Specifically, the inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about Page to say that he was “not a source” for another government agency. Page has said he was a source for the CIA.
The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Trump campaign aide Carter Page under FISA.