Shortly before the 2016 election, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos told an FBI informant that the Republican's campaign had not been involved with the Russian hack of Democratic National Committee emails, according to a transcript kept from the court that approved surveillance warrants targeting the president's campaign.
Just the News has reviewed the conversation between Papadopoulos and the the FBI informant in October 2016. The transcript, first reported by CBS News, can be viewed here:
The pertinent moments in the 171-page transcript commence on page 159, when the confidential human source (CHS) begins to prod Papadopoulos about Russia’s role in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
CHS: You think Russia’s playing a big game in this election?
CHS: Why not?
Papadopoulos: Why would they?
CHS: Don’t you think they have special interests?
Papadopoulos: Something like that. [Banging sound] I don’t think so. That’s all bulls--t. No one knows who’s hacking— [Phone notification] —them.
CHS: You don’t think that they, that they hacked the, the DNC? Who hacked the f--king DNC then?
Papadopoulos: Could be the Chinese, could be the Iranians, it could be some Bernie, ugh, supporters. Could be Anonymous.
Multiple FBI applications seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant targeting the Trump campaign failed to note Papadopoulos’s clear denial of any involvement in the DNC email hacks.
When applying for a FISA warrant, or a warrant’s renewal, the FBI is required to submit all verified information as well as any evidence undermining agents' theory of the case. That would include denials, such as the one made in the Papadopoulos transcript.