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Old 12-30-2017, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Russian investigation began With Papadopoulos mouthing Off In Australia

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

With the GOP constantly pushing the narrative that the Mueller inquiry began with the Steele Dossier, I found the real genesis of the investigation interesting.

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About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australiansí role.

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russiaís attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trumpís associates conspired.
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That article helps to put things in a better perspective. I wondered where Papadopoulos fit in all this. "Coffee boy" didn't seem enough for Mueller to snatch him so quickly.
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Yes, granted these investigations start at the outer edges and work in but you do not worry about 'coffee boys' because rarely do they have much to tell you. Neither do they get seats at the big table with the person at the center of the then-campaign.
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Just for the sake of clarity, George Papadopoulos was drunkenly boasting to Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner (Commonwealth countries send each other High Commissioners, not Ambassadors, but it's the same job) in a London wine bar, not in Australia.

It occurs to me that the coffee boy doesn't normally go out drinking with ambassadors.
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Remember, it was the equivalent of a coffee boy that led us to Osama bin Laden.
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Ooh, are we sending a SEAL team in to take out Trump?
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I see the movie title already.... "Zero Derp Thirty: the unpopular and failing Trump fired. Should never have been president, everyone says so. Sad. "
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