DOJ, Russia probe to check focus on the ‘smoking gun’ tapes of meetings with Trump’s help: sources

in the vicinityVideoCIA, FBI and DNI to work with attorney General Bill Barr, in order to determine the origins of the Trump-Russia-probe

The former U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy says of the General inspector Michael Horowitz’s regulatory investigation is a” fishing expedition.’

The justice Department, an internal review of the Russia-study is the concentration on transcripts of recordings by the at least one state source that the former trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in overseas in the year 2016, specifically on the search, why certain “exculpatory” material from them in subsequent applications for the monitoring of guarantees, according to two sources familiar with the assessment.

The sources also said the review of the taking a closer look at the actual start-date of original-FBI-investigation on possible collusion between the members of the Trump campaign, and the Russians, as some claim, the probe began earlier than previously thought. Both of these components to be key in the review, which is currently led by attorney General Bill Barr and the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, John Durham — an effort that is sure to draw more attention in the coming weeks and months now that Robert Müller the testimony in the rearview mirror.


The images in question relate to discussions between the government sources and Papadopoulos, perpetuated in the copies. A source told Fox News that Barr and Durham check why the material was left from applications to other former trump campaign aide, Carter guards page.

“I think it’s the smoking gun,” said the source.


“These recordings have the exculpatory evidence,” added the source. “It is a standard, craft, record, conversations with people like Papadopoulos—especially if you are abroad, and there are no restrictions.”

Before 2016 presidential elections, Papadopoulos’s professor Joseph Mifsud in London, who told him that the Russians had dirt in the form of E-Mails that could damage Hillary Clinton’s election campaign presidency met with Malte. Papadopoulos, then of the Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, the new information said. Fly in the ointment is reported by Papadopoulos’ comments to him to the FBI.

A source told Fox News that the “exculpatory statements” included in the transcripts is Papadopoulos to deny any contact with the Russians to get to the supposed “dirt” on Clinton.

But Papadopoulos has not only to perform, with Mifsud and Downer while overseas. He met with Cambridge-professor and long-time FBI informant, Stefan Halper and his co-worker, who went under the Pseudonym of Anna Turk. Papadopoulos told Fox News that he saw the Turks three times in London: once for drinks, once for dinner and once with Halper. He also told Fox News in may that he suspected he was being recorded. Further, he tweeted during the Mueller’s testimony about the “shots” – during his meeting with Downer.

It is unclear, at this point, of these people, recorded conversations with Papadopoulos signed.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., now a Fox News contributor, first of all, the presence of the transcripts of secretly recorded conversations between an FBI informant and Papadopoulos earlier this year to be signaled.

“If the Bureau is to send in an informant, the informant is wired, and if the Bureau is to recognise the monitoring of the phone calls, it is a Protocol that,” Gowdy said in may on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” he was aware of the files and suggests they contain exculpatory information.


“Some of us were lucky enough to know, if these transcripts exist. But they have not been made public, and I think that, in particular, … has the potential to actually convince people,” he continued. “Very little in this Russia of the probe, which I’m afraid is going to convince people who hate Trump, or the love of trump. But there is some information in these transcripts has the potential to be a game-changer, if it is ever made available to the public.”

The transcripts are currently classified, according to the source, but to approve, under President Trump relocation in may, the declassification of documents in connection with the monitoring of his campaign during the election in 2016, Barr, is likely to have access to these documents in a shared format.

A source told Fox News that without the lifting of the secrecy degree of order signed by Trump, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats was not to give anyone access to files over provide for the protection of sources and methods. But another source said, Fox News in may, coats, together with CIA Director Gina reel, and FBI Director Chris Wray, all working “together” with Barr and Durham on the assessment.

Barr and Durham are also the actual “start date” of the investigation tried to find out, according to a source.


It has been widely reported, at this point, that the investigation is officially opened by the former FBI senior counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok on July 31, 2016, according to Alexander Downer, informed the information that Papadopoulos was said that the Russians had “dirt” on Clinton. But some suggest that the probe began before this date.

On Wednesday, The House Intelligence Committee, Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., challenged former Special Counsel Muller about when the investigation started.

“The FBI claims, the counter-espionage investigation of the Trump campaign began on October 31. July 2016, but, in fact, before it began, that,” Nunes said. “In June 2016, before the investigation was officially opened, Trump’s campaign associates Carter Page and Stephen Miller were invited to a symposium at the University of Cambridge in July 2016. Your office, however, not investigate who was responsible for the invitation, this trump employee of the Symposium.”

Müller replied: “Those areas…to stay I’ll get away from.”

Meanwhile, Papadopoulos said that in may 2016, he approached was by two members of the U.S. military, with its headquarters in the US Embassy in London—Gregory Baker, and Terrence Dudley. He told Fox News they were asking him about his relationships in the Middle East and Trump’s relationship with Russia.

“Both tried to be friends in the campaign about me,” Papadopoulos tweeted in the past year.

It is unclear at this point what, if any, of the participation of Baker and Dudley, in the collection of intelligence in connection with the trump campaign. Both Baker and Dudley denied Papadopoulos’ tweet, and allegedly said that she asked him out of curiosity.

The President, his surrogates and the Republicans on Capitol Hill have demanded since the start of the Müller-investigation, a separate probe in Russia, investigation of the beginnings. Barr earlier this year, Durham assigned to investigate, the “all intelligence activities” in connection with the trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections.

The Barr-Durham review is likely to draw more attention to the following Müller-awaited testimony on Capitol Hill. The Republicans tried to focus the survey on the origins of the Russia-investigation under then-Director James Comey FBI is a subject that Miller said was “out of his area of responsibility,” because of the ongoing investigation, the Ministry led by the judiciary. A further review will be conducted by the DOJ inspector General.


“Perhaps a better approach is to find out how the false accusations started,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said on Wednesday. “Here’s the good news—this is exactly what Bill Barr does, and thank God for that.”

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