Mark Meadows: FBI May Have Secretly Recorded Trump Campaign Aide

Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) tweeted Wednesday that he has reason to believe the FBI may have secretly taped a Trump campaign aide in 2016.

Meadows wrote, “Over several interviews, we’ve learned information suggesting the FBI secretly transcribed, and even taped, George Papadopoulos in 2016. If these ‘tapes’ do exist, the DOJ must make them available to Americans immediately. Their complete refusal to be transparent helps no one.”

Papadopoulos pled guilty to Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel in September for one count of lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 14 days in prison. Papadopoulos told that he made it perfectly clear to an undercover bureau operative and British based professor Stefan Halper, that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The former campaign aide testified before the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees last week, leaving many GOP lawmakers more convinced than ever that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“What we are finding is we have George Papadopoulos, the person who was supposedly the whole reason why we have this Russia collusion investigation going on, and yet he’s never knowingly met with a Russian government official, he’s never traveled to Russia,” Meadows told reporters after hearing the testimony.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said, “It really stretches credibility to figure out why the FBI opened this high profile investigation into potential collusion between a presidential campaign and the Russian government that centers around a person who has to this day never been to Russia and who to this day has never knowingly talked to anyone with the Russian government.”