On Friday, Trump and the GOP released the Nunes memo to try and discredit the entire Russia probe.
However, it was revealed by the Washington Post that there is a sentence towards the end of the memo that undermines the entire argument they were trying to make. The argument being that the Russia investigation should be thrown out because the evidence in the dossier was politically motivated.
The Republicans tried to argue this point by noting that the evidence was provided by the Clinton Campaign compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.
The sentence reads, “The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok.”
This one sentence completely nullifies the argument that is made in the four-page memo. To understand why, it helps to read the Democratic response.
Democrats pointed to this sentence and released a statement.
The statement read, “The authors of the GOP memo would like the country to believe that the investigation began with Christopher Steele and the dossier, and if they can just discredit Mr. Steele, they can make the whole investigation go away regardless of the Russians’ interference in our election or the role of the Trump campaign in that interference.”
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It continued, “This ignores the inconvenient fact that the investigation did not begin with, or arise from Christopher Steele or the dossier, and that the investigation would persist on the basis of wholly independent evidence had Christopher Steele never entered the picture.”
However, in the dossier, Steele never mentioned George Papadopoulos.
FBI was tipped off about Papadopoulos in July 2016 by Australia.
Also, according to the Australians, in May of 2016, Papadopoulos reportedly drunkenly bragged to one of their diplomats about how the Russians had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton.
In January of 2016, the FBI interviewed Papadopoulos and he was ultimately arrested six months later.
In October, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about Russian contacts. He also admitted the conversation he had with the diplomat about damaging Clinton emails.
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