[Ed. – It’s an interesting question how enlightening such a deposition might have been, but still a significant development. The Daily Beast author appears to get a big fact wrong in this story; by his account, George Papadopoulos did not meet Mifsud through his wife (Simona Mangiante). It was sort of the opposite — he met his wife through her employment with the LCILP, although it was after Papadopoulos himself had left the Centre — but he met her through her connection with the Centre, not “through” Mifsud per se. Note, at any rate, that there’s confirmation from other sources that Durham was in Rome last week; Barr was on a trip that got media coverage in both Italy and the U.S.]
Barr was in Rome on an under-the-radar mission that was only planned a few days in advance. An official with the embassy confirmed to The Daily Beast that they had to scramble to accommodate Barr’s sudden arrival. He had been in Italy before but not with such a clear motive. Barr and Durham are looking into the events that led to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and suddenly all roads were leading to Rome.
The Daily Beast has learned that Barr and Durham were especially interested in what the Italian secret service knew about Joseph Mifsud, the erstwhile professor from Malta who had allegedly promised then candidate Donald Trump’s campaign aide George Papadopoulos he could deliver Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The Italian Justice Ministry public records show that Mifsud had applied for police protection in Italy after disappearing from Link University where he worked and, in doing so, had given a taped deposition to explain just why people might want to harm him.