Robert Mueller’s witch hunt against the President boils down to one fact.
Investigators believe suspicious contacts between Trump aides and Russians means there must have been collusion.
However one word just blew Mueller’s case to pieces.
The current origin story of “Crossfire Hurricane” – the codename given to the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation – began after the Australian government fed the contents of a months-old conversation between Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer – who is a Clinton Foundation supporter – about Papadopoulos allegedly being approached by a Maltese professor about the Russians having Clinton’s emails.
But was this the real story?
Downer gave an April interview to The Australian where he described his conversation with Papadopoulos.
Downer told the outlet that Papadopoulos claimed the Russians had damaging material on Clinton.
The Australian reports:
“By the way, nothing [Papadopoulos] said in that conversation indicated Trump himself had been conspiring with the Russians to collect information on Hillary Clinton. It was just that this guy, [Papadopoulos], clearly knew that the Russians did have material on Hillary Clinton — but whether Trump knew or not?…
…He didn’t say Trump knew or that Trump was in any way involved in this. He said it was about Russians and Hillary Clinton; it wasn’t about Trump…
…He didn’t say dirt; he said material that could be damaging to her. No, he said it would be damaging. He didn’t say what it was.”
The most significant aspect of this account is that Downer never used the word “emails.”
There is no suggestion from his retelling of events that Papadopoulos suggested the Russians had Clinton emails.
This bombshell calls into question the entire opening of the Trump investigation.
The Australian did not pass Downer’s report – which was originally sent in April 2016 – until July, after WikiLeaks began releasing hacked emails obtained from the Democrat National Committee.
Additionally, the New York Times – which broke the story about how the Russia investigation began after the Australian government informed the FBI of Downer’s conversation with Papadopoulos – is that the Times presented the meeting as a “boozy” affair where Papadopoulos let the information slip while intoxicated.
But that is not the truth.
Downer relayed to The Australian that the meeting lasted barely long enough to have one quick drink and that Papadopoulos was not drunk.
In light of these new facts, the Russia investigation – and subsequent Mueller probe – looks like they were started on flimsy evidence.
Obama administration and FBI officials were suspicious of Trump and his campaign and looked for a fig leaf to spy on them.
When Donald Trump tweeted last March that the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower, the President actually understated the case.
Former FBI Director James Comey and a cabal of Deep State officials ran a multi-pronged covert operation against the Trump campaign consisting of national security letters, wiretaps, and human spies.
Now the question is did the Obama administration and the FBI have a legitimate reason to open up this inquiry?
Downer’s interview – where he never mentions the word “emails” – casts the decision in a new and troubling light.