One of the foundations for the Russia collusion investigation is the claim that Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos informed an Australian ambassador that the Russians had dirt on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Now, Papadopoulos will tell his story directly to Congress in a closed-door session on Oct. 25, CNN reported.
The 31-year-old will talk to members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, according to his wife, Nina Mangiante.
Papadopoulos also is in discussions to meet with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The Daily Signal said that unlike most witnesses in congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Papadopoulos has asked lawmakers to invite him to provide testimony.
“He has said he wants to discuss what he calls a series of suspicious contacts he had with foreign nationals while he worked on the Trump campaign,” the Daily Signal said.
The evidence shows that the Trump “collusion” investigation followed the creation of a dossier of unverified information compiled by a former spy on the payroll of a company working for Hillary Clinton.
The unverified allegations later were presented, during the Obama administration, to a secret spy court as evidence.
The Daily Signal reported Papadopoulos has suggested that Western spy agencies illegally targeted him.
“At least one Western intelligence asset approached the former Trump aide. An FBI informant named Stefan Halper contacted Papadopoulos in September 2016 with an offer to fly him to London to discuss writing a report on Mediterranean energy issues.
“Papadopoulos accepted the offer and met with Halper in London. Unbeknownst to Papadopoulos, Halper already had struck up a relationship with Carter Page, another Trump campaign aide.
“Papadopoulos has been identified as the catalyst for the FBI’s collusion probe, which formally began on July 31, 2016. Despite the early focus on the Trump aide, he appears not to be the key to evidence of collusion that the FBI initially suspected,” the Daily Signal reported.
He was convicted of making false statements to the FBI, which did not link to conspiracy with Russians.
In fact, WND reported only weeks ago that the man Papadopoulos claimed gave him a mysterious $10,000 cash payment, Israeli citizen George Tawil, was a former intelligence asset for the CIA and FBI, according to documents publicized by WikiLeaks.
The revelation, the Gateway Pundit blog pointed out, suggests that Papadopoulos could have been set up by the special counsel in a sting operation.
Already, evidence has surfaced that another incident frequently presented as evidence of Trump-Russia collusion – the Trump Tower meeting that included Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer – appears to have been set up by operatives supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign.