WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos was closely surveilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to official court documents.
The Trump campaign never quite knew who George Papadopoulos — a man who showed up to one campaign meeting on Russia — was.
Now, it is clear that Papadopoulos was monitored at essentially all times by the FBI during his interactions with the Trump campaign, based on the affidavit in United States of America v. George Papadopoulos (presented below) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Here is the affidavit:
Former FBI Special Surveillance Group member and Robert Mueller case whistleblower Chuck Marler explains the situation for Big League Politics:
“In the “August 2017” Senate Testimony of Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, it confirmed that he was told by Christopher Steele that he learned from FBI Agents that they had a source in the Trump Campaign. Steele had told Simpson this in September of 2016. The “Affidavit in Support of Criminal Complaint” filed in July 2017 by an FBI Agent against George Papadopoulos unwittingly shows that the FBI was monitoring Papadopoulos’ communications in real time.
The affidavit goes into great detail to show the Judge that Papadopoulos obstructed justice by deleting his Facebook Account on February 17, 2017. The affidavit alleges that Papadopoulos lied to FBI agents when he was interviewed on February 16, 2017. The agent in the affidavit claims to have determined this by reviewing emails and Facebook messages from Papadopoulos to the contrary. The affidavit states that the communications were obtained by a “judicially authorized search warrant”. The affidavit alleges Papadopulos was communicating with Foreign Contacts when he became a member of the Trump Campaign in March of 2016. The affidavit details fragments of communications with “Foreign Contacts”.
It should be noted that emails can be reviewed in real time or from stored data. Facebook data is deleted 14 to 90 days after the deletion of an account.
The affidavit references Papadopoulos emails from as far back as April 18, 2016 but the affidavit only has Papadopoulos Facebook messages starting from July 15, 2016. The Affidavit states that Papadopoulos had that Facebook account since August of 2005 and only deleted in February of 2017. It’s obvious from Facebook’s own policy that they delete the information within 14 to 90 days. The FBI would have only been able to retrieve the old Facebook messages from the Foreign Contacts account or from monitoring Papadopoulos’ account live. It is obviously the latter because if it was from the Foreign Contact they would have had more that the exact starting data of the Russia Investigation in July of 2016.
Yes, the Democratic Party President spied on his Republican opposition during a Presidential Campaign. Why didn’t the top brass of the FBI or the Obama administration inform Trump about their concerns with Papadopoulos or Carter Page? They didn’t think he would win and they wanted an insurance policy in case he did! Also did the FBI monitor the communications of Papadopoulos’ boss Sam Clovis?”