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A former campaign aide accused of lying to the FBI said that then-candidate Donald Trump “nodded with approval” at his suggestion of setting up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
George Papadopoulos’s lawyers argued in new probation filings that President Trump was open to his suggestions about meeting with the foreign leader in March of 2016, The Associated Press reported Saturday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Papadopoulos allegedly volunteered to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin during a gathering with Trump’s foreign policy advisers, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who was a GOP senator at the time.
“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,” defense lawyers wrote.
His lawyers argued in a 16-page defense memo that Papadopoulos was “eager to show his value to the campaign” and should receive leniency.
The Daily Caller further reports:
George Papadopoulos told federal investigators he did not inform anyone on the Trump campaign about a mysterious professor’s claim in April 2016 that Russians had “thousands” of Hillary Clinton emails, according to court documents submitted on Friday night.
That’s just one of several new details that Papadopoulos’s lawyers revealed in the filing, which seeks probation for the former Trump campaign aide for lying about his contacts with Russians.
The lawyers also said that Papadpoulos claims that during a March 31, 2016, meeting of the Trump campaign’s national security team, then presidential candidate Donald Trump “approved” of Papadopoulos’ suggestion of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Jeff Sessions, who now serves as attorney general, “appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it.”
Other attendees at the meeting, including former Pentagon spokesman J.D. Gordon, have said that Sessions shut down Papadopoulos’ suggestion.
JUST IN: George Papadopoulos, a key figure in the Russia investigation, has accepted a guilty plea and is asking for straight probation NBC News’ Tom Winter reports. https://t.co/KDTaK07XuS
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) September 1, 2018
A onetime adviser to Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, admitted again in a court document that he lied to federal agents, and he pleaded for leniency in his sentencing. https://t.co/nd690km4tV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 1, 2018
From late last night in a court filing: George Papadopoulos says Sessions supported Putin-Trump campaign meeting, contradicting the Attorney General’s sworn testimony to Congress https://t.co/xoFHtAvSqW
— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) September 1, 2018
George Papadopoulos told the judge overseeing his criminal case that during the campaign he told Trump and Sessions he could facilitate a meeting between Trump and Putin.
According to Papadopoulos, Trump “nodded with approval” and Sessions liked the idea. https://t.co/p8XwVFBgpz
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) September 1, 2018
Ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has contradicted Jeff Sessions’ sworn testimony, saying Sessions and Donald Trump apparently supported his proposal that Trump meet with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign, according to a court filing https://t.co/rZNhj98fCp pic.twitter.com/bgKzdsz8uq
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 1, 2018
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 1, 2018
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