A mysterious scholar who allegedly acted as a link between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Kremlin is "disappeared and may be dead," according to court documents.
Joseph Mifsud, 57, was embroiled in a scandal after it was said he had offered "dirt" about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to a Republican assistant at a London hotel.
The Maltese professor, based at the University of Stirling in Scotland until last year, has previously denied suggestions that he was a Russian agent and said: "Secret agent, I never received a penny from the Russians." My conscience is clear.
Professor Joseph Mifsud, 57, who allegedly acted as a liaison between the campaign of President Donald Trump and the Kremlin, "disappeared and may be dead," according to court documents.
The documents presented by the Democratic Committee presented the demands in a lawsuit against Russia, the Trump Campaign and Wikileaks for allegedly interfering in the 2016 elections
But last week he was named in documents filed in a New York court by the Democratic National Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party, which is suing Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for allegedly interfering in the 2016 elections.
The documents say that all the defendants in the case have been served with the complaint, except for Mifsud (who is missing and may have died) & # 39;
The lawyers did not give more details.
Mifsud's fiancee, who gave birth to her daughter this year, is based in Ukraine. He reportedly said that he had not seen him or heard from him for months.
Last week, George Papadopoulos, the former Trump adviser who is said to have made Mifsud's offer, was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI during his investigation into the electoral meddling.
He is the first former campaign adviser to be convicted in the special investigation of lawyer Robert Mueller in Russia, who is also investigating any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
It was claimed that Mifsud, a former honorary director of the London Diplomacy Academy, also told Papadopoulos that he could set up a meeting with Vladimir Putin before the 2016 elections.
Authorities were alerted after Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat during a drinking session at a London bar about his meetings with Mifsud.
Mifsud was praised by the University of Stirling as part of his "A diplomacy team", a wanderer ambassador who "hoisted the flag" for the Scottish institution. The allegations contained in the federal accusations against Papadopoulos say that while Mifsud was working with Stirling, he was offering to cultivate his "substantial connections with Russian government officials" to deliver "thousands of emails" that would harm Clinton.
Mifsud has a colorful career history. He is said to have left a job at the University of Malta under a cloud in 2007, before becoming president of a university in Slovenia.
He quit that job, disputing claims that he played with expenses worth £ 34,320. He was once described as "Ambassador Mifsud", but although he worked for six months in the private office of the Maltese Foreign Minister, he was never a diplomat.
However, he has been an advisor to the government of Malta in his admission to the EU, invited lecturer in seminars around the world, lecturer in the Capitol and expert in Brexit for Russian deputies.