Trump Campaign Aide George Papadopoulos Made Several Attempts To Set Up Meetings With Russian Officials With Trump’s Approval; Pled Guilty To Making False Statements To FBI About Connections With Russia
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos “offered to set up ‘a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,’ telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity.”
Papadopoulos later plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his connections with Russia. A memo released on August 31, 2018 by his lawyers regarding his sentencing states:
George told investigators about the March 31, 2016 ‘National Security Meeting’ in Washington D.C. where he told Mr. Trump, Mr. Sessions, and everyone else present that he had connections willing to help organize a meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir 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.