Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos said on Sunday that he is traveling to Greece to bring back thousands of dollars that he believes a U.S. intelligence asset gave him in order to entrap him.
Papadopoulos made the revelation during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” during which he said that he gave the money to his lawyer to keep in a safe because he believed something was off about it.
“I was very happy to see that Devin Nunes brought that up,” Papadopoulos said, speaking of last week’s congressional hearing involving special counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News reported. “A man named Charles Tawil gave me this money [in Israel] under very suspicious circumstances. A simple Google search about this individual will reveal he was a CIA or State Department asset in South Africa during the ’90s and 2000s. I think around the time when Bob Mueller was the director of the FBI.”
“So, I have my theory of what that was all about,” Papadopoulos added. “The money, I gave it to my attorney in Greece because I felt it was given to me under very suspicious circumstances. And upon coming back to the United States I had about seven or eight FBI agents rummaging through my luggage looking for money.”
Papadopoulos called the incident a “setup” by the “FBI likely, or even the special counsel’s office” to ensnare him in a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
“I actually want Congress, [Attorney General Bill] Barr, [DOJ Inspector General Michael] Horowitz, and [U.S. Attorney John] Huber to review the bills because I still have the bills and I think they are marked,” Papadopoulos continued. “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 [James] Comey, and even the Mueller team.”
Last week, Fox News reported that the DOJ’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation is focusing on transcripts of recordings from a government official who met with Papadopoulos overseas in 2016.
The transcripts reportedly contain “exculpatory” evidence that “was not presented in subsequent applications for surveillance warrants, according to two sources familiar with the review.”
The source that gave Fox News the information said: “I think it’s the smoking gun.”