George Papadopoulos, the author of "Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump," joined FBN's Maria Bartiromo Tuesday morning where he said investigators should examine the $10,000 cash payment he claims to have received in summer 2017 from a man he alleges was a spy.
"I actually want Congress, Barr, Horowitz, and Huber to review the bills because I still have the bills and I think they are marked," Papadopoulos said. "These bills that are still in Athens right now must be examined by the investigators because I think they are marked and they're going to go all the way back to DOJ, under the previous FBI under Comey, and even the Mueller team."
"If the Mueller team is going around entrapping campaign associates and Trump associates, the way they did to me — I am sure it wasn't just me they did it to — it's going to open up a massive can of worms," Papadopoulos said. "I think we need to get to the bottom of exactly not only how did this story start, but why were they entrapping us moving forward."
GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS: Immediately upon joining the Trump campaign, I was being introduced to former foreign ministers, energy minister, deputy prime ministers within the first month, so clearly there was some sort of eye on me. Probably that preceded my time on Ben Carson's campaign. I think the most important aspect of this case surrounding me is something that Bob Mueller wrote in his report about me, and that is very clearly that there was some sort of illicit target on me for ties to the Israelis. People forget that I joined the Carson and Donald Trump campaigns because I was in the energy business, working in the middle east and Europe. I had very high-level ties in that part of the world I was promoting American energy companies, that was what my career was all about, Bob Mueller in the report wrote that search warrants were executed based on my ties to Israel.
When Congress and these four horsemen, as I like to call them, Huber, Horowitz, and two others, are looking into the origins of this investigation, I think when they're talking to Bob Mueller and some other people, they should be asking what was the basis and for how long was George Papadopoulos under surveillance for ties to Israel, as Bob Mueller wrote in his report? And why is it so important? By the time I joined Donald Trump's campaign, I have all ministers, including [Alexander Downer, Australia's former high commissioner to the UK], some MI6 characters, CIA characters, reaching out to me, even stuff of [Cambridge professor Stefan Halper] on paying money to find out about ties to the Israelis.
MARIA BARTIROMO: This is so extraordinary you can't write this, so LinkedIn, they reach you on LinkedIn, they give you a job working for the center for law practices, then you say you are going to quit you want to work for Trump, they say no wait, meet Mifsud in Rome, they send you on a paid trip to Rome, you meet this guy Mifsud who we find out is also tied to intel agencies across the world, Mueller talked to him, talked about him in the report as you a Russian spy, but in fact he is very connected to Italy, then others reach out from other countries: Australia, Britain, U.S. agents, all reaching out to you in the Summer of 2016. And then somebody gives you money on one of your trips, explain that, this is now, fast forward to 2017 when someone dropped $10,000 in cash in your lap, what happened?
PAPADOPOULOS: This element you just raised is probably going to actually provide evidence that I was part of an entrapment operation by Mueller's team, not even the politicized FBI under Comey.
In Summer 2017, I was reached out to once again by another person who wanted to do business with me. And I was on vacation with my then girlfriend now wife, in Greece, and he comes to me he says why don't you come to Israel with me and let's talk about working together. I go to Israel with him, and he drops $10,000 in my lap in a room, in Tel Aviv. I don't understand what is happening, I am very disturbed by the events. I fly to Athens the next day and give the money to my lawyers and this person tells me he doesn't want his money back, so immediately I thought there was something wrong.
BARTIROMO: Why did he give you the money, though, George? You accepted the money, what was money for?
PAPADOPOULOS: We were talking about working on some sort of political consulting venture, like a lot of people were reaching out to me after I left transition team, and once I saw cash, I was in a foreign country, I took it gave it to my lawyer because I thought there was something illegal about it. I get to Dulles Airport.
BARTIROMO: So you get on plane to go back to Washington, what happens when you land? Now, right now you gave the money to your lawyer, so you don't have the money, but perhaps they assumed you did keep the money, so you are on a plane you go to Dulles what happens when you land in Washington?
PAPADOPOULOS: Yeah, so as money, which is currently in Athens with my lawyer -- I actually want Congress, Barr, Horowitz, Huber to review the bills because I still have the bills and I think they are marked.
I get to Dulles, I have FBI agents scrambling, they don't even know why they're arresting me, I have no arrest warrant waiting for me, I'm not told why I am being arrested. And later I find out from a report that came out a couple of days ago that Andrew Weissmann and Mueller's team was in touch with officials in Cyprus, I think the legal attache over there, to discuss Paul Manafort and myself, because I was actually in Cyprus over that summer.
So something the insidious was going on here. I think these bills that are still in Athens right now must be examined by the investigators, because I think they are marked and they're going to go all the way back to DOJ, under the previous FBI under Comey, and even the Mueller team.
If the Mueller team is going around entrapping campaign associates and Trump associates, the way they did to me, I am sure it wasn't just me they did it to, and it is going to open up a massive can of worms and I think we need to get to the bottom of exactly, not only how did this story start, but why were they entrapping us moving forward.