One America News Network reporter Jack Posobiec interviews George Papadopoulos, one of the subjects of the Mueller investigation and author of Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump.
JACK POSOBIEC: Why did you become a target of the "Deep State"?
GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS: I was a means to an end, and that end was to undermine candidate Trump and his presidency. I want to make it clear that I'm not the epicenter of this entire thing, I just happened to be a main character of what is now known as "Spygate."
The targeting on me had to do with my ties to Israel, not to Russia. And I believe now that this entire disinformation campaign that focused on me and Russia was done on purpose to keep the limelight away from why I was originally targeted.
POSOBIEC: They keep bringing up this question of Israel. You're over there... There's money that is discussed. It all keeps coming through, and yet for some reason, nobody has talked about your Israel ties before.
PAPADOPOULOS: My initial interview with the FBI in January 2017 wasn't about Russia, it was about Israel, and if I had been told about emails. And we now know the man who told me about these emails, Joseph Mifsud, was falsely characterized as a Russian asset to the world by Bob Mueller and his team, when in fact, he has gone underground since his name was revealed, and as I explain in my book, I was introduced to him by an FBI intermediary named Arvinder Sambei, who was actually working as the FBI's counsel in the UK and had a personal and professional relationship with Bob Mueller dating back to 9/11.
POSOBIEC: Why do you suppose they would be looking at your Israeli ties?
PAPADOPOULOS: I was working at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., where we were promoting an agenda, it was a conservative think tank at a time when the Obama administration was in power, we were promoting an agenda that was anathema to what the Obama administration wanted done, in terms of U.S. security and U.S. energy policy in that part of the world. As I explain in my book, there are many various U.S. State Department officials who are coming into my life to threaten me. Why are you working on these deals? Why are you at this conference? You shouldn't be advising the president or the candidate about your particular ideas. And that target followed me throughout this entire saga, which unfolds like a spy thriller, where every single spy and asset of Western intelligence that I ran into abroad and domestically wanted to know one thing: What are you up to in the Middle East? How do you have these contacts? And what are you advising the campaign about?
They wanted to hit me with a FARA charge, and it is important to understand how my case fits into the context of the other associates who have been caught up in this investigation because at the time, of course, I didn't. FARA, lying, and obstruction. What did they go after Michael Flynn with? FARA, lying, and potentially obstruction.
POSOBIEC: They weren't talking about charging you with FARA for acting as a Russian agent, what country were they focused on?
PAPADOPOULOS: They wanted to charge me for acting as an unregistered agent of Israel. I just happened to be an advisor to two presidential campaigns who had extremely high connections not only in Israel, but in that part of the world. Which is why I was hired in the first place, and that put the spotlight on me. And it all coincides with President Trump's recent declaration that he wants to declassify FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, abuse against members of his campaign. Meaning plural, not just Carter Page. And I also believe that is why the Australian and UK governments have been calling him and asking him not to declassify that material because they were the two governments interacting with me. They weren't interacting with anyone else on the campaign.
So I believe once President Trump declassifies this material we're really going to have a much clearer idea of why the deep state targeted me.