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Foreign secretary among three ministers targeted by people linked to FBI investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Moscow
Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targeted by individuals identified by the FBI last week as central to their investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, the Observer has learned.
Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour party, called the revelations “extraordinary” and said the government must say whether other ministers were targeted or had meetings.
The reports from the US had shocked MPs, he said, and it was vital to know if the Russian state had also sought to influence British politics.
The Observer has learned of meetings and encounters between British ministers and two individuals named in FBI indictments unsealed last week – George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign, and a “London professor” with high-level connections to the Russian state, subsequently identified as a Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud.
The revelation comes as the Observer investigation into foreign influence places him in a web of relationships between a known Russian spy, Sergey Nalobin, expelled from Britain in 2015, and Matthew Elliott, the chief executive of Vote Leave, the official Leave campaign headed by Johnson.
Watson said: “We’re starting to have a much clearer picture from America of how the Russian state sought to influence the US election and I think there are multiple questions to be asked about how and in what ways the Russian state may have been exerting influence in British politics.
Given the gravity of the allegations against Mr Papadopoulos, the government should make public any meetings these two individuals had with British officials and what was discussed.”
Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Brexit, said it was time to launch a formal inquiry. “With concerns emerging about possible Russian interference here in the EU referendum, the [Commons] intelligence and security committee needs to be reconstituted as a matter of urgency.” “Their first inquiry should focus on possible Russian meddling in the EU referendum. People need to know if Russian roubles played any part in securing the small majority for Brexit on 23June 2016.”
originally posted by: Damiel
Does it really stretch the imagination that much to think that Brexit was a dry run for Trump 2016 ?
Nope however the groups in the UK who wanted to remain in the EU will use this to delegitimize the original vote to leave and at the end it will be decided that another vote should be held to make sure it was fair where the new result will be for the UK to remain in the EU.
originally posted by: Doxanoxa
a reply to: Damiel
I would still vote Exit, the attitude of the EU administration so far just adding to the reasons.
Equally, the vote exposed so much ignorance and prejudice in the UK I don't think the original vote can be smoothed over.
As for Russian 'meddling', it is naive to think the US wasn't/isn't doing the same.
The ballot will not be re-run for the 'fear' of the result being unchanged.
When negotiations start I predict a "Norway style' outcome on trade, and a visa system on future, but not past, EU residence. 'Compensation' (aka penalty payments) will not be agreed, but subject to review based on the trade agreement.
In the short term the UK could, usefully perhaps, help the Catalans in thier struggle for freedom.
The EU is about to go bang of its own accord it really doesn't need much meddling with.
Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Brexit
originally posted by: Painterz
a reply to: SprocketUK
I hate to rehash the Brexit campaign again, but when you call the EU undemocratic, you know that's utterly untrue?
We hold elections for our MEPs. You might not have ever voted in the EU democratic process, but I have.
It might well be a mess, but it's absolutely not 'undemocratic'.