Trump Confidant Mike Caputo: DOJ Needs Reform, Which ‘Means Shattering and Scattering the FBI’

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The Trump confidant, targeted by the FBI during the 2016 election, now the chief communications officer for Americano Media, told RedState the latest indictment of President Donald J. Trump proves the need for extreme reform of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.


“To be honest with you, the Department of Justice needs reform, and reform means shattering and scattering the FBI,” said Michael Caputo, who works for the country’s first Spanish-language conservative media company.

“It means taking the Department of Justice, the exaggerated charges, and the things they’ve done to try and railroad people that had anything to do with Donald Trump,” said Caputo, who served in the Trump administration as the assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for public affairs.

Caputo said individuals need to be punished for all their unwarranted searches of databases, looking for crimes without probable cause. “It is the only way to stop the abuse of FISA, all these things that empower clowns like Jack Smith.”

The veteran of the Army’s 25th Infantry Division said for all the build-up leading to the latest Trump indictment, he was not impressed.

“These charges? It is as if somebody weaponized the morning show on MSNBC,” he said.

“There’s nothing here that we haven’t heard before,” the Buffalo native said. “Every single one of them requires Jack Smith to stretch into uncomfortable positions.”

Caputo, who led Trump’s 2016 New York primary victory and managed Carl Paladino’s 2010 gubernatorial race, said there would be more charges related to the J6 protests. Still, he was shocked at how shallow the accusations against Trump were.

“You would think that when the Department of Justice indicts a president or a former president, they would have well-established grounds for their charges and overwhelming evidence—and there is neither in Jack Smith’s indictments,” he said.


“This just shows you that the Department of Justice is crying out for reform, the kind of reform that Donald Trump talks about on the campaign trail,” he said.

“They want to disqualify the president from running for re-election, and for that reason, we expect more out of Jack Smith,” he said.

FBI operative attempts to catfish Caputo, Roger Stone

Caputo’s personal interactions with the FBI seem torn from the pages of a spy novel.

In May 2016, a Russian identifying himself as Henry Greenberg called Caputo and Republican operative Roger Stone, and he offered both men damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to, a website based on Caputo’s private research into Greenberg.

In the summer of 2016, Stone met with Greenberg, who said he would give the Trump campaign dirt on the former first lady for $2 million, which struck Stone as absurd since Trump would never pay anything for opposition research.

Both men dismissed Greenberg as crazy.

In May 2018, as Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III was entering his second year investigating the Russian Collusion Hoax, Caputo sat for questioning from the Mueller team. Amidst that questioning, Caputo talked about his interaction with Greenberg, and he realized that Mueller’s staff knew exactly who the Russian was.

Caputo’s research into Greenberg revealed that the Russian was a violent felon who, for 17 years before meeting Caputo and Stone, had been an FBI informant.


Greenberg, whose real name is Gennady Valievich Vostretsov, spent most of his time as an asset for FBI Agent David Baker, according to an Aug. 15, 2015, sworn statement the Russian submitted to federal Magistrate Carla Woehrle.

In the statement, Greenberg described the help Baker and other FBI officials gave him with immigration, and he claimed to have assisted the FBI with cases involving drugs, human trafficking, money laundering, and insurance fraud.

Caputo said he has no doubt Greenberg’s targeting him and Stone was part of the same Justice Department operation to entrap members of the Trump political camp.

Caputo: US Attorney John Durham did nothing about Greenberg

The Trump confidant said that despite his experiences and misgivings, he expected US Attorney John Durham to go after the FBI and Justice Department officials who created the Russian Collusion Hoax that cost so many good people their careers and reputations.

“I provided all the proof I had practically even at his paid stubs, and nothing ever happened,” he said.

“America doesn’t even know half of what this Department of Justice had been doing to railroad people,” he said.

“They sent a 20-year a violent criminal from Russia to my family,” he said.

Another example of Justice Department corruption is the case of former Western New York Republican congressman Chris Collins, he said.

“They threatened to throw Congressman Chris Collins’ son in jail for an interminable sentence if he didn’t plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit,” he said.


Collins was charged with insider trading along with his 24-year-old son Cameron.

“He had a constitutional argument about the separation of powers. He was gonna take them to the Supreme Court, so they separated his son from his case, and they said: ‘OK, Congressman, now we’re gonna prosecute your son next week, and he is going to jail for at least six or seven years.’”

Caputo said anyone else that age would have been asked to make restitution, not sentenced to federal lockup until he was 30 years old.

As egregious as US Attorney Geoffery Berman’s heavy-handed prosecution was, Berman had no shame about it at all, he said.

“Berman, the guy who prosecuted Chris Collins, wrote that up with pride in his book. It’s not only that they do these things–they revel in them.”


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