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Re: George Papadopoulos

Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:44 pm



Among the featured speakers at the opening of the Oil&Gas event included Alexander Torshin, then-Deputy Chairman of Central Bank of Russia and handler of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina.






FBI actively investigating Papadopoulos days after his release from prison

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Federal authorities out of Washington DC, working in coordination with Robert Mueller’s team, have in recent days sought to arrange an interview with the author of a letter sent to Congress last month that claimed that ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos coordinated with Russians in the weeks following the 2016 election. The person who wrote the letter is expected to travel to DC for an interview with the FBI about the claims, per two U.S. officials involved and the author of the letter. All three have requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.
The memo sent to Congressman Adam Schiff by a former confidant of Papadopoulos on November 19, as first reported by this reporter and Natasha Bertrand of the Atlantic, made a series of allegations against the ex-Trump campaign adviser. First and foremost, the letter claimed that in December 2016, Papadopoulos said “that he was doing a business deal with Russians which would result in large financial gain for himself and Mr. Trump. Mr. Papadopoulos told me that this deal with Russians would set him up for life.” The author also says that (s)he witnessed a phone call between Trump and Papadopoulos. None of the claims have been substantiated, though Congress plans to dig into the specific allegations.
The FBI’s interest in the letter and its writer signals that federal authorities are taking the allegations seriously and continue to investigate Papadopoulos even after he served 12 days in a federal prison for lying to investigators about his interactions with a Maltese professor who claimed that Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails.
Patrick Boland, A spokesman for Congressman Schiff and Caroline Polisi, a lawyer for Papadopoulos did not immediately return a request for comment. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office declined to comment.
Separately, this reporter has in recent weeks communicated with the author of the letter in which evidence was shared that proved their proximity to Papadopoulos in late 2016 and early 2017. The evidence includes messages and photos and the person’s identity was independently corroborated by a family member of Papadopoulos who confirmed that they had been aware of Papadopolous’s association with the person. Though none of the major claims in the letter have been substantiated, some of the underlying details have. Messages from Papadopoulos to the confidant included the phrase “I am set for life.” The Papadopoulos associate said that this message was in reference to a Russian business deal.

Message from Papadopoulos claiming he is “set for life”.
The FBI’s renewed interest in Papadopoulos and his purported Russian ties come as Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante, have detailed his interactions with an alleged source for the Christopher Steele dossier, the enigmatic Sergei Millian.
The story surrounding the interactions between Millian and Papadopoulos has changed numerous times in recent months. On a podcast with Dan Bongino in early November (timestamp 43:35), Papadopoulos says that Millian reached out on LinkedIn in July 2016 and the two met in Chicago. In October 2016, Millian once again asked Papadopoulos to meet, saying that he had an interesting private sector offer. According to Papadopoulos, Millian said, “I have a deal for you for $30,000 a month, a great office in Manhattan, it’s simply PR…for some ex-Minister in Russia, but the qualifier is that you have to work for Trump at the same time and you can’t tell anybody.”
This version of events conflicts with the story told by Mrs. Papadopoulos. Speaking to the Daily Caller, Mrs. Papadopoulos stated that Millian “offered her husband a job working for the Russian energy company Bashneft.” Bashneft is a subsidiary Rosneft, the Russian conglomorate that Mr. Steele alleged was involved in a quid-pro-quo with Carter Page and other members of the Trump team.
The conflicting narratives about the offer from Millian to Papadopoulos in late 2016 add intriguing context to the underlying claims of the letter sent to Schiff.
Exclusively obtained photos and schedules for Russian energy events in the weeks before Millian contacted Papadopoulos show that the Belarus-born Millian hobnobbed with very senior Russian government officials, sharing stages with some of the most powerful leaders in the Kremlin.
Millian spent mid April 2016 in Moscow as part of the Russian government sponsored Oil&Gas Industry Week and the Russian-Chinese Energy Investment Forum. Photos of the events show Millian alongside Russian officials, including Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov. Among the featured speakers at the opening of the Oil&Gas event included Alexander Torshin, then-Deputy Chairman of Central Bank of Russia and handler of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina.

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Papadopoulos’s Russia Ties Continue to Intrigue the FBI

The former foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign boasted of a Russia business deal even after the election, according to a new letter under review.

NATASHA BERTRANDSCOTT STEDMAN
NOV 28, 2018

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George Papadopoulos, a Trump-campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about his interactions with a Russia-linked professor in 2016, went to jail on Monday after fighting, and failing, to delay the start of his two-week prison sentence. But a letter now being investigated by the House Intelligence Committee and the FBI indicates that Papadopoulos is still in the crosshairs of investigators probing a potential conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.


The letter, dated November 19 and obtained last week by The Atlantic, was sent to Democratic Representative Adam Schiff’s office by an individual who claims to have been close to Papadopoulos in late 2016 and early 2017. The letter was brought to the attention of Schiff and House Intelligence Committee staff, according to an aide who requested anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The letter was also obtained by federal authorities, who are taking its claims “very seriously,” said two U.S. officials who also requested anonymity because of the sensitivities of the probe.

The statement makes a series of explosive but uncorroborated claims about Papadopoulos’s alleged coordination with Russians in the weeks following Trump’s election in November 2016, including that Papadopoulos said he was “doing a business deal with Russians which would result in large financial gains for himself and Mr. Trump.” The confidant—whose name The Atlantic is withholding on request but whose identity is known to congressional and federal investigators—stated a willingness to take a polygraph test “to prove that I am being truthful” and had come forward now after seeing Papadopoulos “become increasingly hostile towards those who are investigating him and his associates.” A lawyer for Papadopoulos declined to comment.


Read: A former Trump adviser pleads guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia.

If corroborated, the claims in the letter would add to an emerging portrait of Trump and his associates’ eagerness to strike backdoor deals with Russia even after the intelligence community concluded that Moscow had interfered in the 2016 election. (Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, tried to set up a “back channel” to Russia in the weeks after the election and met with the CEO of a sanctioned Russian bank during the transition period. Trump’s former national-security adviser, Michael Flynn, meanwhile, negotiated with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions before Trump was inaugurated.)
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Re: George Papadopoulos

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Key Trump-Russia Dossier Source Cultivated Ties With Campaign Aide Who Pleaded Guilty in Mueller Probe: Report

By Cristina Maza On Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 14:06
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George Papadopoulos, the foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, leaves U.S. District Court after his sentencing in Washington, D.C., on September 7, 2018. Papadopoulos was cultivated for months by a Belorussian-born businessman who has alleged ties to Kremlin insiders, a new report says. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
George Papadopoulos, the young Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russians, was cultivated for months by a Belorussian-born businessman who has alleged ties to Kremlin insiders, according to a new report released on Thursday.

Sergei Millian is reportedly Source D in the famous Steele dossier, a report compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele that alleged that Russia had been cultivating President Donald Trump for years. Millian offered Papadopoulos a consulting contract to work for a Russian whose identity is unknown, The Washington Post reported Thursday, but the young foreign policy adviser says he rejected the offer.

The connection between Papadopoulos and Millian, and the businessman’s efforts to put the relatively inexperienced and eager foreign policy adviser in touch with Belorussians and Russians in the U.S., is another example of the numerous contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is currently investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential race. U.S. intelligence agencies have established that Russia launched a well-organized and well-financed propaganda campaign to divide Americans and discourage Democratic voters from going to the polls. The ongoing investigation has revealed numerous occasions when Trump campaign associates were in contact with Russians and attempted to hide these connections.

Millian, who is now an American citizen, has claimed that he once sold units at a Trump property in Florida to Russian buyers. He allegedly speaks five languages and arrived in the U.S. in the 1990s.

“He met Trump in 2007 in Crocus,” explains Olga Lautman, an investigative reporter who tracks the ties between Russia and Trump’s associates. The real estate deals in Florida were allegedly brokered in 2008.

Crocus is an annual exposition held in Russia for millionaires to show off their wares. Trump allegedly attended the event to promote his brand of Trump vodka.

During the 2016 campaign, Millian told ABC News that he had met both Trump and Cohen in 2008.

“Trump’s team, they realized that we have lots of connection with Russian investors. And they noticed that we bring a lot of investors from Russia,” Millian told ABC News at the time. “And they needed my assistance, yes, to sell properties and sell some of the assets to Russian investors.”

Millian has also been linked to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2016, the two men were spotted together at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, an event attended by many high-level Russian officials and businessmen. President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was also invited to attend the forum that year to discuss the possibility of developing a Trump Tower real estate project in Moscow. He allegedly turned down the offer because it would have interfered with the timing of the Republican National Convention.

Millian has denied that he was a source for the Steele dossier, and many believe that he provided information for the report unwittingly. Last year, House Democrats issued a report claiming that Millian had refused to testify before Congress unless he received immunity. Investigators have tried to locate him without success.

During his testimony before Congress, Glenn Simpson, the founder of the company Fusion GPS that commissioned the Steele dossier, claimed that Millian had worked for Rossotrudnichestvo, a cultural organization run by Russia’s foreign ministry.

The Steele dossier, much of which remains unverified, claimed that Rossotrudnichestvo’s office in Prague was used as the meeting place for Michael Cohen to meet Russian officials in 2016. Cohen has denied that he was ever in Prague that year. He is now cooperating with the special counsel’s office and is due to testify before Congress at the end of February.
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Re: George Papadopoulos

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Re: George Papadopoulos

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Australia Says It's "Ready To Confirm" A Key Meeting That Led To The Investigation Into Trump's Russia Links
Heavily-redacted documents released to BuzzFeed News show Australia's former high commissioner wrote a three-page cable to the United States about his London meeting with a Trump campaign adviser.

Posted on April 18, 2019, at 5:07 a.m.
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A senior Australian diplomat has said the government is "now ready to confirm" a series of events in 2016 between the country's high commissioner to the UK and a Trump campaign adviser, which led to US authorities investigating Donald Trump's links with Russia.

The release of the Australian diplomatic documents comes as a redacted copy of the final Mueller report is expected to be released on Thursday.

The London meeting between former high commissioner Alexander Downer and Trump adviser George Papadopoulos was first reported by the New York Times in December 2017, reportedly revealing how Downer had been told by Papadopoulos that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Until now, the Australian government and Downer have refused to confirm or give any details about the meeting central to the beginning of the Trump-Russia investigation, repeatedly citing the need to preserve national security.

But in a letter sent to Australia's Information Commissioner after a 15 month-long FOI battle with BuzzFeed News, a senior foreign official said his department was ready to confirm the meeting and release redacted documents, because Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was now finished.

"I have again reviewed these matters and, while standing by the validity of the original decisions at the time they were made, the Department has reassessed its position in relation to Mr Di Stefano's three requests in light of the recent conclusion of the U.S. Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election," the official wrote to Australia's Information Commissioner Gillian Cameron.

"Notably, in light of the conclusion of that investigation, the Department is now ready to confirm that a meeting occurred between Mr Downer and Mr Papdopolous (sic), on 10 May 2016, whilst Mr Downer was High Commissioner to the United Kingdom."

Included in the documents released to BuzzFeed News is a calendar invite, and a diplomatic cable Downer wrote about the meeting. The senior foreign official said Downer's cable had been heavily-redacted because the full contents could "reasonably be expected" to damage Australia's relationship with the United States.

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The Outlook invite (shown above) organised for Downer on Tuesday, May 10, reads, "6:00pm – Meeting with George Papadopolous (sic), Adivsor (sic), Donald J Trump for President", and includes a link to Papadopoulos' LinkedIn profile.

The government also released a heavily-redacted copy of the diplomatic cable (below) Downer wrote to Canberra the day after the Papadopoulos meeting.

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The cable titled "UK: US: Donald Trump - Views from Trump's Adviser [redacted]" runs to three pages and briefly outlines how the high commissioner met with Papadopoulos the previous evening to "discuss Trump's foreign policy priorities".

The foreign official said the rest of the cable has been redacted under Section 33(a)iii of Australia's FOI Act because it "could reasonably be expected to cause damage to international relations".

"Release of the full contents of this document could reasonably be expected to damage the bilateral relationship with the United States, and relationships with other partners with which we engage closely," the senior official wrote. "This would significantly impact the Department's ability to prosecute Australia's foreign policy interests."


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Papadopoulos was one of three dozen people charged in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation. He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and served a 12-day prison sentence.

Along with posting numerous tweets and appearing on US cable TV to complain about the Downer meeting, Papadopoulos has released a book called "Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump".
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Exclusive: The Australian government says its “ready to confirm” the key meeting which led to the investigation into Trump-Russia links


After a 15-month FOI battle with DFAT, a senior foreign official wrote to the Australian Information Commissioner saying the government was now willing to confirm the meeting because the Mueller investigation had finished. https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/ ... ler-russia

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Here are the documents which confirm the meeting –

The Outlook invite lining up it up for May 10, 2016 in London – clearly showing DFAT considered Papadopoulos an “adivsor”(sic) to the Trump campaign.

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The very next day Downer wrote a three-page diplomatic cable to Canberra about what he was told.

Senior Australian foreign official said they’ve redacted it because the contents could “reasonably be expected to damage the bilateral relationship with the United States"

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The full letter Australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade wrote to the information commissioner about BuzzFeed News’ series of FOIs.

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Remember - one of the first calls Trump made post swearing in was to Turnbull excoriating him about the number of “refugees” that had to be taken in by each country .


Trump was refused a casino license in Australia over 30 years ago because of his mob ties. The man is renowned to hold grudges...Trump's bid for Sydney casino 30 years ago rejected due to 'mafia connections’
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