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Trump’s Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser Pled Guilty to Lying to FBI About Russian Contacts

Trump’s Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser Pled Guilty to Lying to FBI About Russian Contacts

Discussed “dirt” on Hillary with foreign contacts.

While everyone is in outrage over Manafort’s indictment, which does not mention President Donald Trump or collusion with Russia, other court documents reveal that Trump’s former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos,30, pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russians.

The indictment states that “there is probable cause to believe that on or about January 27, 2017, George Papadopoulos, the defendant, made material false statements and omitted material facts to the FBI regarding his interactions during the campaign with foreign contacts, including Russian nationals.”

Papadopoulos met with FBI agents on that date, who warned him against making false statements. The indictment insists that he “falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact who discussed ‘dirt’ related to emails concerning” now-failed Democrat presidential candidate.” However, it appears that he “had repeated communications with that contact” when he served on the campaign.

The indictment also says that Papadoulos obstructed the FBI investigation in February 2017 when he shut down his Facebook account that “contained communications he had with Russian nationals and other foreign contacts during the Campaign that contradicted statements he had made to the FBI.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

In fact, Mr. Papadopoulos met with the professor in March 2016 after learning he was joining the campaign, court documents say. The professor only took an interest in Mr. Papadopoulos because of his status on the campaign, according to the documents. In April 2016, the professor told Mr. Papadopoulos about “thousands of emails” related to Mrs. Clinton.

After that March meeting, Mr. Papadopoulos emailed Trump campaign officials to say he had just met with his “good friend” the professor, who had introduced him to an individual described in the email as the niece of Russian President Vladimir Putin, court documents say. Mr. Papadopoulos said the topic of the meeting was “to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S.-Russia ties under President Trump,” according to the documents.

A campaign official said he would “work it through the campaign,” but that no commitments should be made at that point, the documents say. The campaign official added, “Great work.”

It appears that Papadopoulos attempted to have then-presidential candidate Trump meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it never came to fruition.


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As has been said before, repeatedly. Don’t talk to the FBI. If you must, have your lawyer talk to the FBI.

Interesting how shutting down your Facebook page is now ‘evidence’ of trying to hide your tracks from the FBI when the FBI does not simply page through your public Facebook page when looking for evidence, they subpoena it from Facebook along with your change records. Shutting down a Facebook page simply prevents the *press* from trolling through it, looking for dirt. (Thankfully for the muck-stained masses, the FBI seems willing to provide the private documents to the media for little or no charge.)

Also (as a non-lawyer), I was not aware that “…and omitted material facts…” is a chargeable offense. If so, Hillary “I’m sorry, I don’t recall” Clinton would still be in jail.

So, we’re looking at another (slightly dirtier) Scooter Libby here?

Next they will be coming for Flynn.

So whats the actual crime here? That he tried to set up a meeting or that he lied about trying to set up a meeting that never happened?

    Milhouse in reply to mailman. | October 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    The latter. Setting up the meeting was perfectly legal, which leads one to wonder what business they had asking him about it in the first place.

This indictment shows that if your lawyer tells you to “cooperate” with the government investigators and prosecutors, fire him and get a new lawyer that believes in the 5th Amendment.

Let me know when they indict someone named “Trump” or “Kushner”.

FYI Wikileaks Clinton emails published beginning on 3/16/16.

Absent any actual meetings being set up between responsible Trump officials, or Trump himself, and absent any evidence that such meetings, if they occurred, were unlawful, this looks like nothing much other than this man being very unwise when talking to the FBI.

As with Scooter Libby (and I do not mean to compare the two men directly), the specter of being indicted for a crime for making mistakes when talking to the FBI while not being guilty of any actual crime is chilling.

    “…being indicted for a crime for making mistakes when talking to the FBI while not being guilty of any actual crime is chilling.”

    Sort of like Martha Stewart.

    This will all end up as a big pile of ‘process’ crimes. There won’t be anything in the charges stating that Trump committed any crimes or that he was connected to them in any way. And yet, every 30 minutes CNN will run video of Chuck Schumer or Maxine Waters demanding that Trump, “Do the right thing and resign.”

Bucky Barkingham | October 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

The header at the top of this item gives the impression that this guy was THE foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign when in reality he was one volunteer “adviser” among many. It seems that no one in the campaign ever took his advice about meeting with the Russkies. I am disappointed that LI has put that spin on the story.

“Trump’s former foreign policy advisor”

This is a bit misleading. He was a lower level member of the foreign policy team, four years out of college.

He was/is also an idiot. He made multiple statements to the FBI which were easily verifiable as lies.

I’d be willing to bet that this ambitious, self-promoting punk had never heard of Martha Stewart.

I’d also be willing to bet that he has now.

Remember that the Indictment never mentions why Papadopoulos wanted to meet with the Russians. It never mentions that he was meeting to get dirt on the opponent.

Never talk to the police.

“Remember that the Indictment never mentions why Papadopoulos wanted to meet with the Russians.”

That’s incorrect.

Ummm, no, he pled not guilty.
Getting your fake n from CNN now?