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Nunes: ‘Major Irregularities’ In State Department’s Handling Of Trump-Russia Info

Chuck Ross on April 22, 2018

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman provided an update on Sunday of the panel’s investigation into what he says are “major irregularities” at the State Department regarding its handling of information about President Donald Trump’s campaign.

California Rep. and Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s investigators are looking into the State Department’s handling of information about George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser whose discussions about Hillary Clinton emails are what led the FBI to open its counterintelligence investigation in July 2016, the chairman suggested when he appeared on Fox News.

“We are investigating the State Department. We think there are some major irregularities at the State Department, and we’re trying to figure out how it is that this information about Mr. Papadopoulos of all people, who was supposedly meeting with some folks in London, how that made it over across into the FBI’s hands,” Nunes told Maria Bartiromo, the host of “Sunday Morning Futures.”

The Intelligence Committee is investigating the State Department’s involvement in handling the infamous Steele dossier, Nunes has said in the past. But there had been no indication the State Department might be involved in anything related to Papadopoulos, an energy consultant who pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI about contacts he had with a mysterious Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud.

The FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government. Two months earlier, Papadopoulos met in London with Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat to the United Kingdom. Papadopoulos told Downer about a Russian plan to disseminate stolen Clinton emails, the Australian diplomat reportedly claims.

Papadopoulos has acknowledged he was told about stolen Clinton emails during an April 26, 2016, meeting in London with Mifsud, who then worked as a professor.

It remains unclear whether Papadopoulos told anyone on the Trump campaign about Mifsud’s claims about emails. The 30-year-old energy consultant is cooperating with the special counsel’s office as part of his plea deal.

The Intelligence Committee was looking into the State Department’s handling of the Steele dossier, the salacious and unverified document former British spy Christopher Steele authored, Nunes announced in January.

“We do know that longtime associates of Hillary Clinton, including Sidney Blumenthal and another person named, I think, Cody Shearer, were actively giving information to the State Department that was somehow making its way to the FBI,” Nunes said.

It recently emerged that former State Department official Jonathan Winer met with Steele during the 2016 campaign to discuss the ex-spy’s investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Winer, who served as special envoy to Libya at the time, wrote up a two-page summary of Steele’s allegations and shared them with other State Department officials, including then-Sec. of State John Kerry.

Winer also handled information from Blumenthal, a notorious Clinton-world fixer who the Obama White House blocked from joining the Clinton State Department.

Blumenthal gave Winer two memos compiled by Cody Shearer, another Clinton acolyte. Shearer’s reports contained similar allegations to those found in Steele’s reports, including the claim Russia’s government had blackmail material on Trump. Winer shared the unverified document with Steele, who in turn gave it to the FBI.

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  • Wait, let me see if I can understand Nunes. He wants to know how information about national security problems get from the State Department to the FBI? Here's a clue, "see a crime, report a crime".
    And he is part of a group of conservatives who call themselves the Select Committee on Intelligence? They can't be very smart to have a problem understanding how American patriots snitch on Russian spies.

  • Don't forget the Rhino; "Big horn, small and corrupt brain, donkephant; Mr' raising "CAIN" himself! Why would the Left Liberals TRUST this arrogant Arizona 'closet Democrat'? Because straddling the fence, leaning LEFT when it benefits him more! As much a fraud as his pal & partner; Scary Reid!

    • no need to SIC 'EM, Satan! He LIVES and CONTROLS them! Mr. Mc-Cain DELIVERED the dossier to Washington! First Politician 'trusted' to do it! He has been/still IS, their Stepnfetchit puppet!

  • The law suit is first a distraction from the criminal investigation into Democratic operatives, but it is also a strategic attack by the deep state to try to delay the forces of justice coming their way.
    If Trump lives, they have no chance of success. Drain the swamp!

  • Mifsud donated to Clinton Foundation and is a member of The Council on Foreign Affairs. He is also tied to MI6. Downer contributed millions of Australian taxpayer dollars to the Clinton Foundation and there are photos online of him with Bill Clinton. His contributions are being investigated. It just seems very odd to me that "all roads lead to Rome", so to speak.

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