Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Papadopoulos: Trump campaign members 'fully aware' of efforts to set Putin meeting

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Patty Aguilar | 12 September, 2018, 10:58

Sessions testified past year that he "pushed back" when Papadopoulos suggested during a campaign meeting that Trump meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, made his comments on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday following Papadopoulos' sentencing on Friday to 14 days in prison for lying to investigators about his contact with individuals tied to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Papadopoulos told CNN in an interview that aired Friday that he did not remember telling the campaign about emails from Russian Federation on Clinton but could not be sure.

Stephanopoulos noted that Sessions later gave Congress an apparently different account, saying that he shut down the idea of a Trump-Putin summit at that campaign meeting.

"All I can say is, my recollection differs from his at this point", Papadopoulos said Sunday.

Former Trump Campaign aide George Papadopoulos leaves the U.S. District Court after his sentencing hearing on September 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Despite constant attacks by the President, Mueller and his team "are conducting a serious, professional investigation" into the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russians, Warner said in a statement. Trump deferred to then-Senator Jeff Sessions, who was "enthusiastic", he said.

Papadopoulos, who admitting lying to investigators about his contacts with the academic, became the first person to plead guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "I have no idea, all I can say is that my testimony might have helped move something towards that".

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The former campaign adviser also claimed that then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and senior aide Sam Clovis were also pleased with his efforts to set up a meeting through a Russian operative who worked as a professor.

At the same time, he said he recognized that Papadopoulos had "genuine remorse" for "letting himself get caught up".

At an April 26, 2016 meeting, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that people in Moscow had "dirt", "thousands of emails" on Hillary Clinton, according to the filing.

While Papadopoulos is planning a move to California to begin his new life supporting his wife's fledgling acting career, he may not be entirely finished with the investigations that led him to prison. "Are you interested or not, or I just don't want to continue this exercise if it's fruitless".

However, during his Tuesday appearance on The View, Papadopoulos argued the campaign was aware of his efforts, leading one of the show's co-hosts to ask whether he'd been played.

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", his lawyer said.

George Papadopoulos insists he doesn't remember boasting to an Australian ambassador about emails stolen by Russian hackers - but he admitted to "The View" that he should have reported the theft to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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