Professor Who Allegedly Told Trump He 'Had Dirt On Hillary Clinton' Is Missing
Professor claimed Russia had compromising information on Hillary Clinton
A professor who had allegedly informed an advisor for Donald Trump that Russia has "compromising information" on Hillary Clinton, has completely disappeared and some are fearing he is dead.
Joseph Mifsud, a university professor, and foreign policy expert had reportedly acted as a conduit between Trump campaign staff and the Russian government throughout the 2016 US election.
In October 2017, Mifsud was referred to in a US court document, which confirmed that firmer Trump adviser George Papadopoulos had met with him while living in London.
The document revealed that Papadopoulos told FBI agents about meeting with Mifsud, in which he was made aware of "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
Business Insider reports: But since his name was revealed in the press, Mifsud has gone silent. His bio was removed from a university in Scotland and another institution in Italy where he previously taught. They now show '404 Not Found' error pages.
In WhatsApp messages revealed by Buzzfeed between Mifsud and his fiancé, Anna — who spoke to Buzzfeed on the condition that she be referred to only by her first name — the professor urged her to not speak to journalists.
"Someone from London [sic] journalist asks about you," Anna messaged Mifsud last October 31.
"Do not reply please," Mifsud messaged back.
That was the last time the two have been in touch. Anna has since given birth to a baby girl. She says Mifsud is the father, according to Buzzfeed.
Italian prosecutors are also having a difficult time getting in touch with Mifsud. They have been trying to notify him that he is being summoned to appear at a court hearing in July in response to allegations of financial wrongdoing, but the records at the prosecutor's office in the south of Italy say Mifsud has been "unreachable," per Buzzfeed.
Mifsud is accused of inflating salaries for certain professors at universities in Sicily, where he used to work.
Anna claims that Mifsud, a Maltese national, has connections to high-ranking officials in the Russian government, including the Kremlin's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.
"He said, 'I have dinner with Lavrov tonight. Lavrov is my friend. Lavrov this, Lavrov that,'" Anna told Buzzfeed. "He even show me picture with Lavrov."
Despite the claim, there is no evidence as of yet proving Mifsud and Lavrov ever met, or that the former professor has any ties to the Russian government.
But according to an interview published last year by the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, Mifsud admitted that he was the unnamed professor in the US court document about Papadopoulos. He also denied any wrongdoing.