The Justice Department has recently come into possession of two BlackBerry phones used by Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor who triggered the long FBI probe into President Trump and aides.
The disclosure is made in a new court filing by Sidney Powell, the attorney for retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn who accuses prosecutors of withholding evidence.
If true, it could turn the Justice Department probe on its head because it wrecks the entire reason for opening the investigation.
During an encounter in London, Mr. Mifsud told Papadopoulos that Moscow owned thousands of Hillary Clinton emails. Papadopoulos passed the information on to the Australian ambassador while having a drink in a wine bar. The information was conveyed to Washington, triggering the FBI to open a probe on July 31, 2016.
Ms. Powell’s motion in U.S. District Court states that “agents that western intelligence tasked against him [Flynn] likely as early as 2014 to arrange — unbeknownst to him — ‘connections’ with certain Russians that they would then use against him in their false claims. The phones were used by Mr. Joseph Mifsud.”
The timeline of acquiring the phones would mean Mr. Mueller’s team didn’t have them during the investigation.
Flynn, President Trump‘s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about discussions he had with the Russian ambassador. The talks were not connected to Russian election interference. Flynn was not charged in any Russian conspiracy, nor were any other Trump associates.
Flynn has not yet been sentenced. He fired his lawyers last spring and brought on Ms. Powell, a Dallas appeals specialist.
She has been petitioning Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to force the U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C. to turn over what she considers “Brady” material. It is a reference to a Supreme Court case that requires the government to turn over all exculpatory evidence.
Early on, Judge Sullivan ordered prosecutors to adhere to Brady. If the judge finds that prosecutors did not, Ms. Powell wants the entire case thrown out.
Her Tuesday motion lists both BlackBerrys’ model numbers, PIN and SIM card identification. She wants the data from the phones turned over to the defense.
“This information is material, exculpatory, and relevant to the defense of Mr. Flynn, and specifically to the “OCONUS LURES,” Ms. Powell’s motion states.
“OCONUS LURES” is FBI lingo for enticing someone outside the U.S. to return so the person can be detained.
Mr. Mifsud traveled extensively in Europe as a classroom teacher and conference lecturer. Among his posts was the Link University in Rome. The campus teaches NATO intelligence officers and is staffed by former Western intelligence agents.
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