Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Friday sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, NSA Director General Paul Nakasone, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Way expressing concerns about Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor embedded in the Russia probe.
According to Nunes, Mifsud contacted Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos about Russian “dirt” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In his letter, Nunes identifies Mifsud’s connections to Western governments, politicians and other influencers that were laid out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“This report includes numerous details on Mifsud, who told George Papdopoulos that the Russian government had direct on Hillary Clinton compromising thousands of emails,” the letter said. “Papadopoulos later related this information to others, which served as the official pretext for the FBI to open a counter-intelligence investigation into whether Trump associates conspired with Russians to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. After investigating the matter for approximately two years, the Special Counsel ‘did not establish’ that such a conspiracy existed.”
According to Nunes, Mueller’s report says Mifsud has “deep ties to Russia, detailing his trips to Moscow and extensive contacts with Russian officials including ‘a one-time employee of the IRA,’ the Russian organization that conducted social media attacks on the 2016 U.S. elections.'” Nunes said the description of Mifsud is similar to the portrayal House Intelligence Committee Democrats used when they say Russians used him to feed information to Papadopoulos. (Read more from “Nunes Has Concerns About Intelligence Vulnerability – Here’s Why” HERE)