Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee spoke with Fox News’ Shannon Bream about Joseph Mifsud, the alleged “Russian spy” involved in the purported origins of the Trump-Russia collusion scam. Nunes challenged the Feds to prove that Mifsud, is in fact a Russian spy.
Nunes’ point is that we know Mifsud was in the United States a few years ago, he was a Maltese diplomat, he lived in Italy and trained FBI agents at The Link, a training facility located in Rome, so…he’s a Russian spy?
The congressman said he does not believe Mifsud is a Russian agent, but he does believe that Mifsud is an agent of someone. Perhaps a government or a contractor of some sort.
A recent article in the Washington Post profiling George Papadopoulos, concedes some interesting information about Mr. Mifsud and supports the idea that Mifsud is not really a Russia agent.
The New York Times has called Mifsud “an enthusiastic promoter of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.” Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have labeled him a “Kremlin-linked” “cutout.” Documents later produced by Mueller and his team suggested that, if not for Papadopoulos’s lies, investigators might have elected to “challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States.”
But Mifsud worked in high government circles in Europe, and no action taken by investigators suggests that they viewed him as a serious threat. Until the Papadopoulos indictment went public, Mifsud appears to have lived a normal and unencumbered life, attending conferences and meeting with Western government officials. Stephan Roh, a Zurich-based lawyer who communicates with the media on Mifsud’s behalf, maintains that Mifsud “is not a Russian spy but a Western intelligence co-operator.”
Mifsud went into hiding days after Papadopoulos’s plea became public, and his disappearance leaves rabbit holes that threaten to swallow even the most cautious explorer. But we can say this much: If he was Kremlin-linked, then he managed to infiltrate a lot of European and possibly American institutions, and it’s strange that there hasn’t been an outcry or investigations into the breach. On the other hand, if he was part of Western intelligence, then, as Republican congressman Jim Jordan told Fox News, “that changes it all.”
Nunes said the Republicans have written letters to several government agencies to get more information on the mysterious Mr. Mifsud. All but the FBI have been forthcoming.