Back on October 5, 2017, a man named George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal investigators. Papadopoulos, who was a member of the 2016 Donald Trump campaign foreign policy advisory panel, found himself in the middle of the Trump/Russia investigation, and became one of the very first dominos to fall.
It is believed that Papadopoulos’ actions are what may have kicked off the investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government.
In May of 2016, Papadopoulos was sitting at a bar when he told Australia’s top diplomat in Britain that Russia had compromising information on Hillary Clinton. This came after he had learned from a London-based professor who was well connected to the Kremlin, that Russian officials had obtained “thousands of emails” pertaining to Clinton.
With Papadopoulos scheduled to be sentenced on September 7, and Mueller’s team recommending prison for 6 months, his attorneys filed a court document referred to as a “Sentencing Memorandum” where they urge Judge Randolph D. Moss of the U.S. District Court of Washington DC to be more lenient on their client.
The entire document, which can be seen below, also alleges some interesting occurrences which took place while Papadopoulos worked for the Trump Campaign. It explains how working for the campaign was essentially Papadopoulos’ dream job, and seems to try to convey the point that he was thrusted into a job which he may not have been prepared for.
Then it goes on to explain that Papadopoulos’s connections with Russia apparently were of much importance to President Trump and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This is counter to what Trump and Sessions have admitted:
“George announced at the meeting that he had connections that could facilitate a foreign policy meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the court filing explains. “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.”
This completely contradicts Attorney General Jeff Session’s testimony before congress, where he claimed that he “pushed back” at Papadopoulos’ idea of meeting with the Russians. It would also contradicts Trump’s numerous claims of having “nothing to do with Russia”.
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) April 5, 2018
Certainly we aren’t seeing the entire picture. We don’t know what information Papadopoulos has actually given investigators or what additional evidence investigators have to back up Papadopoulos’ claims. Some legal experts believe that there is far more to this picture than the public is seeing. Only time will tell.