Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopolous has often said that he made it clear to FBI informant Stefan Halper that it would be ‘treasonous’ to use emails stolen by the Russians regarding Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
It apparently didn’t matter. If the information Papadopolous claims he gave Halper was withheld from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court when the FBI initiated the operation to collect information on Trump campaign advisors then that is a violation of the courts and a criminal act.
The information would have shown that Papadopolous never once intended to work with or collude with Russians. Those transcripts are apparently part of the top secret classified information now in the hands of Department of Justice William Barr.
Papadopolous, as well as former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, told this reporter last October, that Halper who had approached both men separately – was told by both Page and Papadoplous that they would never collude with Russia during the 2016 election. Neither men realized at the time that Halper was apparently recording their conversations and was an informant for the FBI.
Those private conversations with Halper may hold the key to some of the most important questions lawmakers: Did the FBI withhold exculpatory evidence from America’s most secret court? And if so, what was it?