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New details in the Mueller report reveal that a Maltese professor who offered dirt to George Papadopoulos had contacts with a Russian troll farm, made false statements, and may have been in a 'relationship' with a woman he introduced to the Trump advisor.
Papadopoulos, 31, also lied – making it harder for investigators to untangle the bizarre chain of events.
London - March - Maltese - Born - Professor
When they met in London in March 2016, Maltese born professor Joseph Mifsud introduced Papadopoulos, a new Trump foreign policy advisor, to his associate Olga Polonskaya. He also introduced Papadopoulos to Ivan Timofeev of the Russian International Affairs Council.
Mifsud introduced Polonskaya as a former student who had 'connections to Vladimir Putin,' according to the special counsel – although Papadopoulos understood she may have been Putin's niece.
Papadopoulos - Mifsud - Things - Investigators - Mifsud
Both Papadopoulos and Mifsud told things to investigators that weren't true, but Mifsud also appears to have concealed things from Papadopoulos. Among them, that he 'may have been in a relationship' with Polonskaya.
He didn't tell investigators that he had drafted or edited a follow-up message after he made the introduction. However his message to Polonskaya in the email chain – 'Baby, thank you!' – indicated 'Mifsud may have been involved in a personal relationship with Polonskaya at the time.'
Statements - Papadopoulos - Mifsud - Impact - Probe
The false statements by Papadopoulos and Mifsud had an impact on the probe. 'The false information and omissions in Papadopoulos's January 2017 interview undermined investigators' ability to challenge Mifsud when he made these inaccurate statements,' investigators said.
Papadopoulos ended up serving 12 days in jail for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Mifsud. The contact is among numerous threads of the Mueller team sought to untangle of Russian efforts to approach Trump campaign officials.
Interview - Papadopoulos - Timing - Extent - Nature
'During the interview, Papadopoulos lied about the timing, extent, and nature of his communications with Joseph Mifsud, Olga Polonskaya, and Ivan Timofeev,' according to...
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