Rush Limbaugh said he knows the identity of an alleged FBI mole that worked on the Trump campaign and noted the entire Russia investigation is “utterly phony.”
The conservative radio host talked about the Russia probe on his radio show Monday and claimed to know who the FBI planted in the Trump campaign — although he would not reveal the person’s name. Limbaugh said the mole helped jumpstart the investigation into Russian collusion, which he indicated began when former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos got drunk in a London bar and told an Australian diplomat the Russians had some of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
“Papadopoulos was entrapped by three people, including the person who is reputed to be the spy,” Limbaugh said. “George Papadopoulos, 24-year-old peripheral member of the Trump foreign policy campaign team. He was a nothing. He was a nobody, which made him a perfect mark. He was a young guy who wanted to go places.”
The scheme, according to Limbaugh, involved paying Papadopoulos $3,000 to write a paper on Turkey and Cyprus and buying him a plane ticket to London. The meeting with the Australian ambassador was set up in advance, Limbaugh said, and Papadopoulos was led to believe by someone that the Russians had dirt on Clinton.
“After that, the informant gets hold of the Australian ambassador and suggests to him that he meet Papadopoulos at a London bar, which happened,” Limbaugh said. “Papadopoulos gets liquored up, gets drunk — this is factually known, it’s been reported — and Papadopoulos starts bragging to the Australia ambassador, ‘Hey, did you know that the Russians have thousands of emails?’
“Papadopoulos passed this information along as though it were his own. He was just trying to fit in. He was just trying to be a big guy. . . . He was fed this information.
“The whole thing was a setup. It was perfect entrapment 101.”
The entire Russia investigation, Limbaugh said, is “utterly phony. . . . It’s phonier than you even realize now.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller opened a Department of Justice investigation last spring that is probing whether the Trump campaign colluded in some way with Russia. There are multiple congressional committees conducting investigations as well, and none have made public any evidence that suggests collusion occurred.