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An Associated Press investigation digs into the academic career of Joseph Mifsud, the professor who allegedly told an adviser to then presidential candidate Trump in April 2016 that Russia had “thousands of emails” on his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Mifsud has denied discussing the emails with Trump adviser George Papadopoulos or having any connection to Russia.

The AP reported that Mifsud had a "a bizarre academic career punctuated by scandals and disappearing acts." He quit his post as director of a foreign exchange office at the University of Malta under threat of termination and amid an auditor's questions about how he had managed the unit’s finances. Mifsud’s lawyer, Stephan Roh, said the University of Malta's allegations resulted from Mifsud's decision to refocus his work with a university in Rome, a decision Roh said "was not appreciated."

The AP also reported that Mifsud was forced to resign from a subsequent position as the inaugural president of Slovenia’s Euro-Mediterranean University and that after his resignation he left town, leaving unanswered questions about 30,000 euros in "allegedly ineligible costs." Roh said Mifsud’s expenses “may have been rightful” and emphasized that the matter never went to trial.

A 2013 report from the Slovenian government said that Mifsud left the Euro-Mediterranean University “in an unfavorable financial, personnel and organizational condition” and with “no reputation, either at home or abroad.”