Trump-Russia academic resigns from Stirling University

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Mifsud (far left) and Stirling Principal Gerry McCormac (far right) at Link Campus University in Rome. Credit: BuzzFeed News

Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese academic who was revealed as one of the intermediaries between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during last year’s US presidential election, has resigned from his post at Stirling University.

Mifsud had been employed full-time as a Professorial Teaching Fellow by the university since May, and part-time in the same position since 2016.

In a statement, a University of Stirling spokesperson said: “Professor Mifsud is no longer employed by the University following his resignation on 23 November 2017.” His staff page on the university’s website has been deleted.

The circumstances behind the resignation, which took place over three weeks after Mifsud’s involvement in the Trump-Russia scandal was revealed, are unclear. The university did not state whether Mifsud had been in contact with figures at Stirling during those three weeks.

Many questions still remain about the relationships between Mifsud and the many institutions he has come into contact with across his career, including the University of Stirling.

Earlier this month, the Observer reported Mifsud had met with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at a fundraising dinner on October 19. An email uncovered by the website Byline revealed Mifsud had told a colleague he was “meeting Boris Johnson for dinner re Brexit”.

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Mifsud (left) with Boris Johnson (centre). Credit: The Observer

The November 23 resignation is the first indication of Professor Mifsud’s movements since CNN reported that he had “vanished” on November 10. He had previously been interviewed by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in Rome, a few days after the Washington Post revealed that he was the “Professor” referred to in the indictment of Trump aide George Papadopoulos.

According to the indictment, the “Professor” was the figure who told Papadopoulos that Russia was in possession of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails”, before introducing him to several people connected with the Russian government.

You can read more about Mifsud and his connections to the University of Stirling here, here and here.

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