Early this week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his first indictments against former Trump campaign managers, which included Paul Manafort, former campaign aide Robert Gates and former adviser to the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos. President Trump took to Twitter immediately following the arrests with a series of desperate tweets, attempting to refute their guilt.
Many people were quick to respond to Trump’s insane tweets:
The White House has been making considerable effort to distance former staff George Papadopoulos from President Trump. However, on Tuesday, The New York Times reported some revealing details from a March 31, 2016 campaign meeting that was held at the Trump Hotel in Washington. According to The Times:
‘In late March of last year, Mr. Papadopoulos emailed Mr. Clovis and others that he had discussed with his contacts – a London-based professor with Moscow ties and a Russian woman whom he described as a relative of Mr. Putin’s – the possibility of a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russia’s leadership.’
During the meeting, attended by Trump and the rest of his foreign policy team, the idea was pitched that Trump should have a personal meeting with Putin. Clovis and several others expressed doubts about this, due to Russia being under United States sanctions, and seemed to denounce this idea with heavy caution.
However, Trump continued his interest asking more questions. Papadapoulos said he:
‘didn’t say yes, and he didn’t say no’
Jeff Sessions, as the campaign’s top national security official, finally spoke out forcefully, opposing the idea and asking people not to discuss it anymore. According to The Times:
‘Nonetheless Mr. Papadopoulos continued to pursue the notion of some sort of meeting for several months, updating Trump campaign officials on his efforts, the court records showed.’
Recently, on October 18, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
‘You don’t believe that surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians?’
‘I did not — and I’m not aware of anyone else that did. I don’t believe that it happened.’
According to The Intercept, Papadopoulos had learned about the Russians having access to “thousands of emails” revealing “dirt” on Hillary Clinton prior to this meeting on April 26, 2016. The Intercept reports:
‘That suggests the campaign knew, a month before Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. took a meeting with a Russian lawyer to get dirt on Clinton, that the Russians had already told Papadopoulos about dirt in thousands of stolen emails.’
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