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Michael Caputo: Russian National Who Offered Dirt on Hillary Clinton Was an FBI informant

Former Donald Trump campaign official Michael Caputo, left, leaves after being interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staff investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo says “a Russian national FBI informant” offered to give him dirt on Hillary Clinton in May of 2016, but no one, including DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber, seems interested in hearing about it.

Caputo says that he forgot to mention a couple of suspicious episodes when the House and Senate Intelligence Committees first asked him if any Russians had offered him dirt on Clinton.

It wasn’t until the New York Times published a bombshell story in May of 2018, disclosing that the FBI had indeed used informants in its “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation in 2016, that Caputo says a “light bulb” went off in his head.

He says he went back and shared the information with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as soon as he remembered.

Not long after that, Caputo was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. He told PJ Media that he expected to be there until nightfall. As it turned out, he was done by 3 p.m.

He said the prosecutor who interviewed him — Aaron Zelinsky — was keenly interested in hearing more about the Russian who had offered him dirt on Clinton because Caputo had at first forgotten to mention it during his House and Senate interviews. Now, in retrospect, he thinks they were going to try to ensnare him in a “1001” process crime.

Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code “prohibits knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information” to a federal officer.

Caputo told PJ Media that when he volunteered what he remembered about the Russian national, Zelinsky’s face dropped because the prosecutor’s attempt to nail him on a process crime had just gone up in smoke.

“He didn’t have a good poker face,” Caputo said.

On Fox News Business Wednesday, he told Trish Regan: “When they asked me about him, I told them what I knew. By their faces, I knew that it was someone that had been sent to me. It was after my interrogation with the Mueller team that I went out, hired private investigators and found out the guy had used a fake name, Henry Greenberg, and that he had been working with the FBI for 17 years.”

Caputo has an entire dossier on “Henry Greenberg” posted on his website

He has used at least four different names: His birth name is Gennady Vasilievich Vostretsov, the son of Yekatrina Vostretsova and Vasliy Vostretsov. He later adopted new names twice as a result of two different marriages and became Gennady V. Arzhanik and later Henry Oknyansky.

Henry Greenberg is not a legal alias, but he uses it quite commonly in recent years.

Vostretsov, Caputo said, has an extensive criminal background.

Vostretsov has a criminal record in California and Florida for assault with a deadly weapon, theft, assault, DUI, and domestic violence. He has an extensive criminal record in Russia that includes at least two charges of stealing a total $5 million in two separate cases. Russian media reports that in the 1990’s Vostretsov was behind $50 million in fraud and theft.

There is also some evidence Vostretsov has ties to Russian organized crime in The US and Russia.

Here is what Caputo found out about Vostretsov’s work with the FBI:

In a remarkable 2015 court affidavit (attached), Vostretsov admitted that he is FBI informant who worked for the agency for more than 17 years. He appears to have traded information about criminal activity for temporary visas provided to him by the FBI. We were able to collect 14 different Significant Public Benefit Parole (SPBP) documents allowing him to enter the US. This type of visa waiver is made
available to international persons participating in a law enforcement action as an informant.

The steady flow of these special waivers, with upgrades like multi-entry status and extensions, indicate his involvement and success in FBI informant projects.

While Vostretsov claimed in the 2015 affidavit he sent to an immigration judge that he stopped working for the FBI that year, it would be safe to assume that if a criminal alien with his immigration background is still in the US today, he is only here with the support from the US government and is still working with the FBI.

Last year, after his interview with the special counsel, Caputo said didn’t feel at liberty to talk about the “Henry Greenberg” incident in detail because, as he told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, he thought Greenberg had been “organized by the investigators.”

“I can’t talk about it on television because I think the Mueller team wanted to talk about it a lot, so much… that they sounded like the authors of it,” he said.

Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz have both been tasked with looking into FBI misconduct in the 2016 election. Caputo told PJ Media that despite his explosive allegations, neither has responded to his offers to tell his story.