by WorldTribune Staff, April 1, 2018
A London-based American academic with ties to the Brexit movement and U.S. President Donald Trump said he was detained and interrogated by the FBI about his involvement in the Trump campaign.
Ted Malloch, who said he was an informal and unpaid adviser on the Trump campaign, issued a statement to The Guardian in which he said FBI agents on March 28 had confiscated his mobile phone when he was detained at Boston’s Logan Airport and informed him it would be taken to Washington, D.C. for a “full assessment.”
“I was unfazed and very dubious about why they thought I knew anything,” he said.
Malloch said in the statement the FBI also asked him about his relationship with Republican strategist Roger Stone and whether he had ever visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has resided for nearly six years.
Malloch said the agents who stopped him and separated him from his wife “seemed to know everything about me” and warned him that lying to the FBI was a felony. In the statement to The Guardian, Malloch denied having any Russia contacts.
He also suggested in the statement that prosecutors could have read a not yet published book that alleged a conspiracy was underway to undermine Trump’s presidency, a book he said clearly troubled the “deep state.”
“I did … find it objectionable to treat me the way they had, as I was entering my home country, where I am a citizen,” Malloch said. “They did not need to use such tactics or intimidation. I was a U.S. patriot and would do anything and everything to assist the government and I had no information that I believed was relevant.”
Malloch said he had agreed with the special counsel’s office that he would appear before Robert Mueller’s grand jury in Washington on April 13.
Malloch, the Guardian reported, was close to Brexit champion Nigel Farage and had been a guest on Farage’s radio show. Malloch and Farage had also been seen together in Brussels, the report said.
Media reports in 2016 said Malloch was a possible candidate for U.S. ambassador to the EU.