Papadopoulos: Trump “Nodded” at Suggestion of Putin Meeting

George Papadopoulos (L). Photo: TNH/Costas Bej

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “nodded with approval” at the suggestion of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a court filing Friday night that seeks leniency for a former campaign aide who lied to the FBI.

Lawyers for Greek-American George Papadopoulos are seeking probation, saying the foreign policy adviser misled agents during a January 2017 interview not to harm an investigation but rather to “save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master.”

Papadopoulos is a pivotal figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as the first Trump campaign aide to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors. The revelation that he’d been told by a professor during the campaign that Russia had “dirt” on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the form of emails helped trigger the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

The 16-page defense memo paints Papadopoulos as an eager-to-please campaign aide who was in over his head and aims to counter the prosecution’s narrative that Papadopoulos’s deception irreparably damaged the investigation.

The defense lawyers say Papadopoulos was hired by the campaign in March 2016 despite having no experience with Russian or U.S. diplomacy. That month, he traveled to Italy and connected with a London-based professor who introduced him to a woman described as a Putin relative. That professor, Joseph Mifsud, would later tell him that individuals in Moscow possessed “dirt” on Clinton.

“Eager to show his value to the campaign,” defense lawyers say, Papadopoulos suggested during a meeting with Trump and his foreign policy advisers that same month he could leverage his newfound Russian connections to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.

“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.

That language is a reference to Jeff Sessions, who at the time was a Republican senator from Alabama and key campaign aide and later became the Trump administration’s attorney general.

Defense lawyers acknowledge that Papadopoulos “lied, minimized, and omitted material facts” to the FBI about his foreign contacts, saying, “Out of loyalty to the new president and his desire to be part of the administration, he hoisted himself upon his own petard.”

But they rejected the idea that those lies impeded the investigation, calling that argument by prosecutors speculative.

They also argued that he participated in four proffer sessions with prosecutors and provided important information, including a description of the March 31, 2016 meeting at which he proposed to arrange a meeting with Putin.


By ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

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  1. It just doesn’t get better than this…. something out of a World War 2 movie of Nazi interrogation by the SS, in which degenerate members of the ruling deep state secret society, now in control of the government of the United States….can , with the support of their Nazi Media outlets…. can turn trash and lies into some indictable offense to punish those who do not comply with stating anything that supports their evil objectives…which is to remove anyone , like Donald Trump, who is not part of the ruling party and secret society…that has been running our country corruptly for the last 100 yearsf

    THN…..support the White Supremacist fascist …who have hijacked our country….and consider every human being in America and the world …as inferior peasants …so easy to fool ….that they would suggest that a “Professor” among 1 million professors in the world ….had…and get this …dirt on Hillary Clinton!
    Oh! my God!….so does half the world …who follows online news …and subscribes to Wiki Leaks!

    TNH…. how much of a leap would it be …if your renowned Journalist….. stated the obvious…which is how do you know this professor …did not work for the New York Times or the Washington Post….and was the equivalent to “Deep Throat” reporters of the Post ..who provided the dirt on Richard Nixon…that he ordered C.i.A operatives to breakin into DNC headquarters in Watergate! How about …the women who said she was a relative of Vladimir Putin …according to the Professor! Really…. did Papadopoulos get her authograph! Did Papa dopoulos verify that she was actually related to Vladimir Putin! Did Papadopoulos …even take her seriously….especially….. the fact that she could help set up a meeting with Mr. Trump and Putin!

    Wouldn’t that be wonderful….. someone who could set up a meeting between private citizen,,,,and still not public servant Donald Trump with Vladimir Putin …the president of Russia …because she was a relative!
    Isn’t that wonderful…. Donald Trump would have a secret meeting with Vladimir Putin …who to my knowledge had not committed or threatened the people of America, and in fact , had assisted George Bush Jr. in the war against Afganistan!

    TNH…how wonderful…did you ask Mr. Mueller and the corrupt FbI and Justice department …if their was a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ….before he became President?

    If not! Any Moron or inferior peasant …would know….that a nod of the head to the potential meeting with Vladimir Putin …. according to Papadopoulos constitutes nothing more than what every potential president or president of the United States …is obligated to to do….in the international affairs with foreign countries!

    TNH…. it is about time …your new narratives …should begin …. WHEN IS DONALD TRUMP GOING TO PROSECUTE MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR ACTS OF TREASON AND CORRUPTION , AND REMOVE THEM FROM THE FBI, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, STATE DEPARTMENT AND C.I.A WHO HAVE TURNED OUR DEMOCRACY INTO A SECRET SOCIETY OF WHITE SUPREMACIST BILLIONAIRES AND ARISTOCRATES REPRESENTING THEIR PERSONAL INTEREST IN IMPOSING A FASCIST GLOBAL FOREIGN POLICY TO GAIN THE ECONOMIC , POLITICAL , AND MILITARY CONTROL OF ALL THE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD!

    WHEN IS DONALD TRUMP GOING TO INDICT AND REMOVE THIS FASCIST ELEMENT OF OUR GOVERNMENT BEFORE THEY DESTROY THE SECURITY AND PEACE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND WHO ELECTED DONALD TRUMP TO DO EXACTLY THAT! ALIAS THE SWAMP.!

    The Papadopoulos case….. is exactly why Donald Trump call the Mueller investigation a witch hunt and corrupt…since, it is using fascist tactics to intimidate, abuse, and threaten anyone not compliant to his efforts to overthrow the elected President of the United states…who was elected on the sole basis…he was going to clean out …the Muellers of the deep state ..under threat from Donald Trump!

    George Papadopoulos…is a victim of torture …in the form of threats to his family security and himself…and what he says…under those conditions…should be completely dismissed

    More important…it is simply another example ….of the power of the White Supremacist empire …that has been spread thruout the Nato countries, and the Middle east , and manifest itself , in Greece!
    This is the new world order …that have maintained perpetual wars around the world …and profiting from it!

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