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One of the stranger aspects of the Obama-era FISA abuse scandal is how Trump campaign small fry George Papadopoulos came to be the target of an FBI investigation.

According to the UK Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui, the FBI reportedly launched its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election after George Papadopoulos, then a volunteer foreign policy adviser to Donald Hillary Unranium OneTrump, told an Australian diplomat that Moscow had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Referencing a report published by the New York Times Siddiqui says, Papadopoulos made the revelation to Alexander Downer, the Australian high commissioner to the UK, “during a night of heavy drinking” at the Kensington Wine Rooms in London in May 2016.

Papadopoulos reportedly told Downer that Russian officials possessed thousands of emails that could harm Clinton’s candidacy.

Australia is part of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, with the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand. When WikiLeaks began publishing hacked emails from Democratic officials two months later, Australian officials passed the information to their US counterparts, the Times report stated. The FBI then began its investigation claims Siddiqui.

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As our friend and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy observed in an article for National Review, the Nunes memo states that the Australian report “triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok.” This prompted a celebratory assertion by the New York Times that this “confirms” that actions taken by Papadopoulos “were a factor in the opening of the [Trump-Russia] investigation” — a storyline the Times started pushing after it became known that the dossier that drove the Trump-Russia narrative was partisan opposition research.

The problem for the New York Times and others on the Left is that in a logical universe the allegation that a foreign government had “dirt” or compromising information on a former U.S. Secretary of State and current presidential candidate would trigger a counter intelligence investigation of who; the messenger or the allegedly compromised official?

The compromised official of course.

But the Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice operated according to political logic, not counterintelligence logic, so if, how or when Hillary Clinton might have been compromised was irrelevant.

What was important was to discredit Donald Trump and undermine his campaign, regardless of whether the Russians had compromised Hillary Clinton.

And there are increasing indications that the Russians had compromised Hillary Clinton via the Uranium One deal.

As Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong reported, Moscow routed millions of dollars to the U.S. expecting the funds would benefit ex-President Bill Clinton’s charitable initiative while his wife, Hillary Clinton, worked to reset relations with Russia, an FBI informant in an Obama administration-era uranium deal stated.

In a written statement to three congressional committees, informant Douglas Campbell said Russian nuclear executives told him that Moscow hired American lobbying firm APCO Worldwide to influence Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, among others in the Obama administration, The Hill reported on Wednesday.

Campbell said Russian nuclear officials expected APCO to apply its $3 million annual lobbying fee from Moscow toward the Clintons’ Global Initiative. The contract detailed four $750,000 payments over a year’s time according to Kwong’s report.

“APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the U.S.-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement,” Campbell stated.

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The Uranium One deal in 2010 handed Russia control of 20 percent of the U.S.’s uranium supply. Hillary Clinton served on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which unanimously approved the partial sale of the Canadian mining company Uranium One to Russian nuclear giant Rosatom.

FBI agents and the confidential informant made secret recordings, gathered records and intercepted emails dating back to 2009 that showed that Russian officials had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks. However, reports Ms. Kwong, the Department of Justice did not bring charges until 2014.

So, we know that the Russians have a pattern of bribing Americans, and we have a confidential informant who has given us credible information that the Russians were laundering “donations” to the Clinton Global Initiative through APCO.

Wouldn’t this knowledge lend some credibility to the claim of George Papadopoulos that the Russians had compromising information or dirt on Hillary Clinton?

Apparently not.

Instead of looking into whether one of the highest-ranking officials in the United States government had been compromised by a foreign power, the Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice decided to investigate the messenger, a political small fry with no power to affect policy or, for example, approve selling 20 percent of America’s uranium to the Russians.

The Left and Democrats would like Americans to believe that the Steele dossier is irrelevant because the original FISA warrant applications were triggered by George Papadopoulos’ drunken disclosures to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. If that is true then it makes the investigations of Papadopoulos and Carter Page look like a plan to discredit the messenger, and to avoid investigating whether Hillary Clinton was indeed compromised by the Russians.

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George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com. A member of American MENSA he is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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