Papadopoulos Email Claims Trump Campaign Approved Meeting With Putin's Office

Kristopher Drake
November 3, 2017

Court documents unsealed Monday revealed Papadopoulos, who was also a foreign policy adviser for Trump's campaign, lied to federal agents about his contacts with a professor whom he knew had substantial links to the Russian government. (Trump's right that Papadopoulos has now been proven to be a liar.) Furthermore, the email was included in an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's affidavit supporting the criminal charges against Papadopoulos, but it's not mentioned in the court documents describing his guilty plea and cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders termed Papadopoulos' role with the campaign as "extremely limited".

"He didn't say yes and he didn't say no", the official said, declining to be more specific about Trump's response to Papadopoulos.

U.S. President Donald Trump does not recall a meeting with his foreign policy advisers in March 2016 in which one of them suggested he could arrange a meeting between candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said on Wednesday.

A former Trump campaign official said Papadopoulos interacted with the campaign "a significant amount" during the 2016 election cycle.

Papadopoulos, 30, a former researcher at the conservative Hudson Institute, was thrust Monday into the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

The Trump campaign asked Clovis to put together a national security advisory committee, according to an emailed statement from law firm diGenova & Toensing, which is representing Clovis.

"For the nth time, I am NOT Trump's foreign policy adviser!".

The conversations described in charging documents reflect Papadopoulos' efforts to arrange meetings between Trump aides and Russian government intermediaries and show how he learned the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

"We will have the opportunity to comment on George's involvement when called upon by the court at a later date", Breen said.

That recording was taken on March 21, 2016. The former conservative radio host encouraged Trump advisor George Papadopoulos in an email to meet with Russian officials. Papadopoulos, who was based in London at the time, did not attend all of the meetings, but he did attend a dinner meeting of the advisers in late June at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"It clearly worked at the time", the former campaign official said.

The Trump campaign's national co-chairman had an interesting excuse when it was revealed he had urged another campaign staffer to meet with Russian officials.

In a footnote, the statement notes that the email was forwarded between campaign officials and who wrote they should discuss: "We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips".

Trump had tweeted similar sentiments after the Manafort and Gates indictments were announced, but he had not commented since the Papadopoulos plea was made public.

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