(National Sentinel) Corrupt: House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said in a tweet Wednesday there is evidence that the Obama-politicized FBI may have covertly recorded one-time 2016 Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
“Over several interviews, we’ve learned information suggesting the FBI secretly transcribed, and even taped, George Papadopoulos in 2016,” the North Carolina Republican and member of a congressional task force investigating the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia probe wrote.
“If these ‘tapes’ do exist, the DOJ must make them available to Americans immediately,” he added. “Their complete refusal to be transparent helps no one.”
Over several interviews, we've learned information suggesting the FBI secretly transcribed, and even taped, George Papadopoulos in 2016.
If these "tapes" do exist, the DOJ must make them available to Americans immediately. Their complete refusal to be transparent helps no one.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) October 31, 2018
The Daily Caller noted further:
Meadows’ comment provides more context to what other Republican lawmakers have said in recent weeks about potentially exculpatory information regarding Papadopoulos.
GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, suggested on Oct. 14 that the FBI and Justice Department had evidence “that directly refutes” the FBI’s premise of its collusion probe.
That investigation was opened on July 31, 2016, after the FBI received information from the Australian government about a conversation that Papadopoulos had with an Australian diplomat two months earlier. The diplomat, Alexander Downer, claimed that in a May 10, 2016 meeting that Papadopoulos said that Russia had derogatory information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Ratcliffe said the FBI failed to provide exculpatory evidence about Papadopoulos to judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
In a recent media appearance, Papadopoulos suggested he may renege on his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller because he believes he was “framed.”
“I believe there was tremendous misconduct on the government’s behalf regarding my case,” Papadopoulos, 31, told “Fox & Friends” Friday. “And given certain information I learned just yesterday that I can’t publicly disclose right now, I’m actually even considering withdrawing my agreement I have come to with the government.”
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