The New York Times has been guilty of printing a lot of fake news over the last couple of years, but they really outdid themselves with the whopper they published on Saturday. In an anemic attempt to keep an air of legitimacy around Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, the Times printed a story claiming that the infamous dossier (aka, Hillary Clinton’s phony opposition research) was indeed NOT the spark that started the fire. Rather, a campaign volunteer named George Papadopoulos ran his drunk mouth off to Australian spies, alerting the intelligence community to the international conspiracy.
This story was laughable on its face, and the Times should be ashamed of going to print with this nonsense. Quite simply, it doesn’t pass the laugh test. Mind you, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Papadopoulos’s name in connection with the investigation. As a matter of fact, he remains one of four Trump associates that has been indicted by Mueller’s team. Papadopoulos was charged with lying to FBI agents in an interview last January.
“During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton,” read the Times’ story. “Two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.”
This, according to the Times’ sources, was the “driving factor” that led the FBI to begin investigating Russian hackers and their connection to the Trump campaign.
But the story just doesn’t pass the smell test. For one thing, if Papadopoulos was the guy who spilled the beans, why did the FBI wait until January of 2017 to interview him – long AFTER they had already released their intelligence report concluding that Russia was to blame for the Democratic National Committee hacks? He’s their primary evidence and they don’t even bother talking to him for more than six months. Not until after Trump has already won the presidency? Come on.
In an interview Sunday, Rep. Ron DeSantis threw more cold water on the phony story.
“There was just an article in The New York Times yesterday where they’re leaking about this Papadopoulos which actually conflicts with the previous stories and is not anything anyone can say under oath on the record to us,” the Florida Republican said. “You look at that and say, ‘Ok you’re not willing to answer Congress’s questions under oath but you’ll leak things to the media?’ That is not the way this is supposed to work!”
Well, it’s because this is not a legitimate investigation anymore…if it ever was. Mueller and his goons already know that there was no collusion of any kind, so now they’re just on a mission to smear the president’s name and give the Democrats something to run on in 2018. But if they want us to swallow tall tales about the origins of the investigation – tales that take the absurd dossier off the table – they’re going to have to do better than this.