Audio of Joseph Mifsud discussing Papadopoulos meeting at heart of Trump-Russia scandal featured in The Daily Telegraph’s new podcast Crossfire

13 February 2020

The Daily Telegraph has today published an audio clip of the professor at the heart of the Russia-Trump scandal discussing the meeting which kick-started the investigation. Professor Joseph Mifsud has never been heard talking about his conversations with George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, before the 2016 election.

In the clip Professor Midsud says “absolutely this is not true” when asked if he told Papadopoulos that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. The alleged remark was the trigger for the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible links to the Trump campaign, later taken up by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Listen to the full clip here. If using any of this material, please credit The Daily Telegraph’s Crossfire podcast.

This clip is featured in episode one of Crossfire, a new six-part podcast from The Daily Telegraph investigating the UK’s connections to the Trump-Russia saga, produced by The Daily Telegraph’s U.S Editor Ben Riley-Smith.   The series looks at what really happened by talking to many of those who saw the events in question first hand, outlining a story of spies, lies and an election like no other. Episode one, released today, looks at the London meetings which kick-started the Russia probe.  Subsequent episodes will look at how Christopher Steele’s dossier came about, why Rob Goldstone approached Donald Trump Jr with ‘dirt’ and Cambridge University’s Stefan Halper’s alleged role as an FBI informant.

Notes to Editor:

 The Daily Telegraph contacted Joseph Mifsud on October 30 2017, the day an indictment against George Papadopoulos was published. During the telephone call The Daily Telegraph’s Robert Mendick, read out parts of the indictment to get the reaction of Prof Mifsud, who was based in the UK.This clip is of when Prof Mifsud is asked about a breakfast meeting between himself and Papadopoulos in a London hotel on April 26 2016.

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