Adviser he once called 'excellent' was really a 'young low level volunteer'

Marie Harrington
November 3, 2017

(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.

President Donald Trump is tweeting that the "biggest story" out of the charges announced Monday in the Russian Federation investigation is the resignation of Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta from his eponymous firm. Two of the unnamed campaign officials referenced are in fact former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.

Prosecutors said in the court records that Papadopoulos emailed the supervisor and several others to tell them he had met with a professor who had in turn introduced him to a Russian woman and the Russian ambassador in London, and that they discussed setting up meetings to talk about U.S. -Russia ties in a Trump presidency.

Clovis "always vigorously opposed any Russian trip for Donald Trump and/or the campaign", Clovis' attorney, Victoria Toensing, said in a statement Monday to the Washington Post.

Trump on Twitter Tuesday sought to distance himself from George Papadopoulos: "Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar". The former conservative radio host encouraged Trump advisor George Papadopoulos in an email to meet with Russian officials.

According to those records, the campaign supervisor conveyed to Papadopoulos in a March 6, 2016, discussion that "a principal foreign policy focus of the campaign was an improved USA relationship with Russian Federation".

Court documents say Papadopoulos was approached by people claiming ties to Russian Federation and offering "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". Did Trump's campaign know? And, Jay Sekulow says, pardons for his former campaign aides facing federal charges "are not on the table". The filing coincided with a grand jury's indictment of Manafort and his associate Rick Gates for money laundering, tax fraud, and conspiracy against the United States, among other charges.

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Sekulow says: "The president has not indicated to me or to anyone else that I work with that he has any intent on terminating Robert Mueller". And pardons are not on the table.

The Washington Post reported in August that Manafort forwarded that email to his associate Rick Gates when he rejected the idea of Trump making a trip to Russian Federation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that "so far Russian Federation doesn't figure in any way in these charges which have been made" and that Russian Federation hopes that they do not feed "hysteria".

In court papers, Mifsud is described only as a "London professor" who met repeatedly with Papadopoulos and offered to set up meetings with Russian officials who could provide "thousands of emails" with damaging information about Clinton.

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

That was welcomed in Russia, where officials are watching the investigation closely since public evidence of Russian meddling, something that has not so far been presented, would be sure to translate into tougher US sanctions against Moscow.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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