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The statement that a Maltese academic offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to a former trump campaign adviser, “totally … not true,” heard tell of a professor, on a newly released audio recording, according to a British newspaper.
Professor Joseph Mifsud made the remarks in October, 2017 to a reporter Of the Telegraph, a London newspaper claimed on Thursday in a story, promoting their “Crossfire” – podcast.
The paper is, the site includes a 1-minute, 33-second audio clip of the reporter, Robert Mendick, allegedly, in a conversation with Mifsud, whose whereabouts are unknown so far in the last few years.
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“This is absolutely not true,” said a voice to Mifsud’s to listen to, to deny, namely, the recording, the claims, which contributed to triggering the two-year-long Russia investigation ended with the former special counsel Robert Mueller, the decision not to press criminal charges against President Trump.
The then-candidate Trump, the team was accused of, the search for potentially damaging information on Clinton, the Republicans Trump Democratic opponent in the 2016 US presidential election.
The events were later examined, said to have begun, as Mifsud met in a London hotel with George Papadopolous, then a foreign policy adviser who worked for the trump campaign.
In the clip, the reporter asks Mifsud, he met with Papadopoulos in London in April 2016. The professor replies that he you have a meeting with Papadopoulos, “for a Cup of coffee or something like that.”
The reporter then asks, Mifsud, to confirm a claim, the Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he won “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
“Absolutely, that’s not true,” Mifsud is not responding.
“Just to give you an idea,” Mifsud adds, ” … you know, my visits to the Russian Federation have a visa from the visa because I travel a visa for multiple to Russia. The last visa that I have was given to Russia, to me by the Saudis, because I was there for the seminar on Yemen. So, it has nothing to do with the Russians.”
Papadopoulos supposed to be a meeting with Mifsud as part of the efforts to arrange a meeting between trump and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, The Telegraph reported, had attempted.
But Mifsud, the claims of Russian connections were mostly not true, Papadopoulos has since claimed.
In October 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI agents in connection with his contacts with the Russian government agent while working for the trump campaign. He was a 12-day sentence, performed community service and paid a $9,500 fine to resolve his case.
George Papadopoulos (left) pleaded guilty, to lie in October 2017, to the FBI about his conversations with the Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud (right).
Last November, Fox News reported that on another audio recording, issued allegedly by Mifsud, from the Italian publication Adnkronos.
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“I have absolutely no contact with friends and family for several months,” the voice in the audio claims. “It has been almost two years now, that the whole matter exploded and presented to the media in the world and on the world stage as if I had something to do with the issues in relation to countries or I had tried to infiltrate, it is absolutely absurd, in programs, contacts, or any other institution in the world. I was a man of relationships, which is all of my life and what I do well.”
Fox News could not independently verify whether it is the voice of Mifsud, but his lawyer, Stefan Raw, expressed skepticism in the face of so much of the recording centered on Mifsud, he insists did not work for “any service, secret service or intelligence, or none of this kind to be.”