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?”
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New Gallup Poll Shows Immigration Tops Most Important Problem List
When Americans were asked what they feel is the most important problem facing the nation, immigration topped the list for just the second time in Gallup’s history. The top issue each month since January of 2017 has been the government, but immigration has just replaced its position according to a new Gallup poll.
When asked the same question in June, immigration ranked at 14% when Gallup asked Americans what’s the “most important problem” the nation faces. It jumped from 14% to 22% from June to July 2018.
Each month, Gallup asks the same question and the answer of immigration has always averaged 5% over the 17 years Gallup has included it in their polls. So why the sudden jump from 14% to 22%?
The past several weeks social media and news outlets alike have focused on the issue of separating families at the border with President Trump’s stance on immigration and his modified policy that would keep families detained together (if detainment must occur) continuing to be a hot button issue.
Just last month, TIME ran the cover story, “A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We,” with the cover photo that was proven to be fake news. The cover showed a 2-year-old little girl crying while President Trump towers above her looking on as she wails. The cover read simply “Welcome to America.” The claim made by Time was that the little girl had been separated from her family at the border, but Yanela, daughter to Sandra Sanchez had never been separated from her mother at all. Sanchez and her daughter were arrested by Border Patrol agents under the zero tolerance policy that criminally charges anyone attempting to cross the border illegally, but at no point were they separated.
Every week immigration has remained in the news cycle, and continues to be an issue that is important to Americans. The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who entered into the United States from Mexico illegally. The National Guard has also intercepted more than 3,300 others who were turned back at the border before crossing into the U.S., and have seized 11,686 pounds of marijuana.
In April of 2006, immigration reached 19% when Congress was working on passing a comprehensive immigration bill. During this time period, immigration protests popped up all across America and saturated the news cycle. The last spike, according to Gallup of immigration as the top problem was in 2014 when the news focused its attention on a large number of immigrants who were attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America.
The issue of immigration is important to Americans, but for starkly different reasons. Republicans are more concerned about potential crime, impacts on the nation’s economy, and jobs being taken away from native-born families. Democrats, in contrast, support a path to citizenship for the undocumented, but more over, they know that they need all the help they can get at the polls, with Trump’s base stronger than ever heading into the Midterms.
The Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-11 with a random sample of 1,033 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.
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