Iowa's Clovis urged Trump foreign policy adviser to meet with Russians

Trevor Jackson
November 3, 2017

Papadopoulos' attorney did not respond.

Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas M. Breen, based in Chicago, declined to comment on the guilty plea but noted that "we will have the opportunity to comment on George's involvement when called upon by the court at a later date".

Papadopoulos graduated from college in 2009, before moving to London to get a master's degree in security studies.

He is now an oil, gas and policy consultant, according to his LinkedIn page. In one of the unsealed files, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working for Mueller bluntly hinted that more former Trump associates could soon be questioned.

"Writing to the Russian contact a week before the Republican National Convention, Papadopoulos proposed a meeting for August or September in the United Kingdom that would include "my national chairman and maybe one other foreign policy adviser" and members of Putin's office and Russia's foreign ministry", the filings said.

"I definitely did not represent anyone from the Trump campaign during my trip", and "was always there just as a private citizen", he said. After entering his guilty plea he was ordered not to contact other Trump officials and prohibited from foreign travel. But the official described Papadopoulos as an adviser who was in contact with the campaign staff via email and not a familiar face around Trump Tower.

Mifsud confirmed to The Telegraph newspaper that he is the professor mentioned as a would-be link between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Mueller is leading a probe into alleged Russian efforts to tilt the election in Trump's favor and into potential collusion by Trump aides.

London-based professor Joseph Mifsud met with ex-Trump advisor George Papadopoulos in April 2016, allegedly telling him that the Kremlin had "dirt" on Democratic Party candidate Hilary Clinton.

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Trump voters are not swayed by any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and still want President Donald Trump to stay in the White House.

On March 31, 2016, Trump tweeted a photo of his meeting with the advisory board, with Papadopoulos among a handful of advisers at the president's table. (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.

The court filings recount Papadopoulos' meetings overseas starting in March 2016, after he'd been named to Trump's board. A former Morningside College economics professor, he took an extended leave of absence from the Sioux City school when he joined the Trump campaign as national co-chairman and chief policy adviser in August 2015.

In an interview on MSNBC, Page, who's scheduled to testify behind closed doors before a House intelligence committee panel Thursday, said he "might have been" on email threads with Papadopoulos where Russian Federation "may have come up from time to time", but clarified that "nothing major" was discussed.

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".

In a footnote, the statement notes that the email was forwarded between campaign officials and who wrote they should discuss: "We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal", one of the campaign aides said.

Russian Federation denies the allegations and Trump denies any collusion.

They also hint at more headaches for the White House and former campaign officials.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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