US Attorney General William Barr held at least two meetings with Italian intelligence officials in Rome on Friday as he seeks to trace the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, Italian media reported. During one of their meetings at the US Embassy in Rome, they heard a taped deposition by Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud.
Barr was accompanied by US attorney John Durham of Connecticut who is leading the Justice Department inquiry into the origins of the Mueller’s investigation, to gather information on Prof. Mifsud who allegedly told US President Donald Trump’s former aide George Papadopoulos in 2016 that the Kremlin was in possession of thousands of emails that revealed “dirt” about then Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.
Barr and Durham got authorisation from the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, the Corriere della Sera reported. Adding that he authroized them to receive ful access to the upper echelon of Italy’s intelligence agencies during their visit. Mifsud applied for police protection in Italy according to public records held by the Italian Justice Ministry after he disappeared from Link University where he worked. Barr and Durham heard a taped deposition by Mifsud where he explained why people want to harm him.
They were also shown other evidence the Italians had on Mifsud who had been on their radar for some years.
The Mueller Report revealed how investigators spoke to Mifsud at a Washington Hotel lobby in Febrary 2017.
Mifsud has not been seen since October 2017, however il Foglio, discovered that he had been living in University housing until summer 2018. On Tuesday, the Italian newspaper published a photo of him in Switzerland with a copy of Zurichsee-Zeitung, a Swiss newspaper, of May 21,2018.
Mifsud had previously denied having anything to do with the Kremlin in an interview with La Repubblica.