My critics have flipped because I only recently recalled a contact who was both a Russian and an FBI informant in 2016 only in the country on a visa requested by the Miami office of the FBI saying his presence in the country served a "public benefit". The man who called himself Henry Greenberg is actually Gennady Vasilievich Vostretsov, a convicted violent felon who spent 10 years in prison and has been an FBI informant for 17 years.
I knew none of this when my longtime colleague Michael Caputo asked me to meet with his gentleman because he claimed he had information that would be "beneficial" to the Trump campaign. Thus the claim by Shelby Holliday of The Wall Street Journal that the meeting was based on a promise of "dirt" on Hillary Clinton is a typical fake news lie.
Since my 20 minute meeting with the FBI informant resulted in no inappropriate or illegal act. I have no reason to dissemble or hide the meeting since nothing improper or significant resulted from it. Even the FBI informant himself confirmed for The Washington Post that I rejected his demand for $2 million.
I now realize the FBI informant's demand for "Trump's money" in a $2 million payment for undisclosed damaging information on Hillary Clinton which he only claimed to have at the meeting, was seeking to compromise Trump himself. Knowing I have an almost 40 year relationship with the President, Comey's FBI thought I could get Trump to pony up thus compromising him. That is why they sent the informant.
I flatly rejected the FBI informant's request for 2 million as The Washington Post reported.
The question isn't why I didn't recall this – since the results of this contact are inconsequential and in no way improper or illegal. The question is why was the FBI seeking to set me up shortly after their outreach to John Popodolpous in April and about the time they were formulating the phony Trump dossier with the help of Russian intelligence informants.
The real question is why Comey's FBI would send a paid informant who is clearly only in the United States at their sufferance except as a "Stef Halper" type operation to penetrate Trump's circle and compromise him through me. Gennady Vasilievich Vostretsov has indisputably been an FBI informant for 17 years, has a long association with Russian organized crime and spent 10 years in prison for a violent crime. He was deported from the country in 2000 but was conveniently in Miami in 2016 where he is working for the FBI. Here is here rap sheet. http://democratdossier.org