“In late April 2016, Papadopoulos was told by London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, immediately after Misud’s return from a trip to Moscow, that the Russian government had obtained “dirt” on candidate Clinton in the form of thousands of emails.”
This is the opening reference to Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud in the Mueller report released earlier on Thursday.
The report adds that “Papadopoulos worked with Mifsud and two Russian nationals to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and the Russian government, a meeting which never came to pass.”
The Mueller report adds that Papadopoulos got Mifsud’s interest only after the former explained his role in the Trump Campaign. “Mifsud offered Papadopoulos the opportunity to introduce him to European leaders and others with contacts to the Russian government.” Papadopoulos used this to gain more importance as a policy advisor in Trump’s campaign.
On March 2016, Papadopoulos met Mifsud in London. “Mifsud was introduced to a. Russian female named Olga Polonskaya.” Papadopoulos understood she was Putin’s niece, something which turned out not to be true. Even a meeting which was expected to be organized with the Russian ambassador to London, through Mifsud, didn’t materialize.
Pressure for this meeting intensified, and Mifsud indicated that this was meant to happen, as the Maltese professor said that he had meetings at the Duma in April 2016.
Mifsud told Papadopoulos that Russia had obtained dirt (in the form of emails) on candidate Hillary Clinton. This dirt amounted in thousands of emails. Papadopoulos, on May 6th 2016, suggested that he received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Trump Campaign through the anonymous release of information that would damage Clinton.
These are the excerpts from the report referring to Mifsud.