Papadopoulos Denies Incriminating Trump in FBI Interview

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2018

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

He said that senior members of the Trump campaign were "fully aware" of his attempts to organize a Trump-Putin meeting, with Sessions actually looking forward to it. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who sought to broker a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin during the 2016 presidential campaign, was sentenced to 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release on Friday for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with foreign nationals during the campaign.

Papadopoulos told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Sunday that Sessions had been "quite enthusiastic" about a potential Trump-Putin meeting.

Papadopoulos' lawyers said in court documents that "while some in the room rebuffed George's offer, Mr. Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions, who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

When Tapper noted that Mashburn, another former Trump campaign aide, has testified that he recalls receiving an email from Papadopoulos to that effect, Warner replied, "We'd love to talk to him on the Senate intelligence side".

The former Trump campaign aide appeared on the show Tuesday, four days after he was sentenced as part of his guilty plea to lying to FBI agents investigating Russian election interference. The pair sat just two seats apart, photographs revealed.

Papadopoulos said he doesn't remember telling Downer anything about damaging info on Clinton.

"I voted against Jeff Sessions and said he never should be there in the first place, given his record on civil rights, on immigration, on so many other issues", Schumer said in January.

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Gordon has said Sessions "shut down" the discussion. He said on Monday that he stood by his account.

Bongino said it is increasingly apparent that Papadopoulos is not a conspirator in some collusion activity but instead "part of a set-up" to hurt Donald Trump.

Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, oversees Mueller's inquiry and has publicly backed it.

"The Democrats, none of whom voted for Jeff Sessions, must love him now", Trump tweeted earlier this month.

The special counsel's view of Papadopoulos is that his "lies negatively affected the FBI's Russian Federation investigation" and his "lies were not momentarily lapses", a government filing said.

Republican allies who stood with Mr. Sessions amid months of criticisms from the president have also begun to distance themselves.

He said because of the "chaotic moment", he made a mistake.

Among those who seemed to like the concept, he said, was then-Sen.

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