Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Ex-Trump campaign adviser pleads guilty to making false statement

Saul Franklin | 03 November, 2017, 01:05

The Russian International Relations Council has confirmed contact with Papadopoulos, but said a meeting never took place.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes welcomed former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page on Monday night by offering "congratulations on not being indicted".

"We will have the opportunity to comment on George's involvement when called upon by the court at a later date", Breen said.

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page admitted that the topic of Russia "may have come up" in emails with campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to charges of making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contact with Russian government officials.

Trump's tweets also erred in their characterization of the timing of events listed in the indictment of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Manafort's chief aide, Rick Gates.

Trump has previously denied that members of his campaign team had contact with Russian officials.

Page said it was not him who encouraged Papadopoulous to travel to Russian Federation nor was he the "low level" campaign member mentioned in court documents who went to Russian Federation "so as not to send any signal".

Still, the email casts more doubt on the Trump's team's claim that they had no interest in a meeting with Putin's office.

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"Were you guys on e-mail chains together, you and Papadopoulos?"

It's unclear how frequently Papadopoulos was in contact with the campaign officials.

In court papers, prosecutors have said prematurely making the case public would hurt his ability to be a "proactive cooperator", which legal experts say could include surreptitious techniques like wearing a microphone to record conversations. The Justice Department had no comment.

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 Trump campaign asked Clovis to put together a national security advisory committee, according to an emailed statement from law firm diGenova & Toensing, which is representing Clovis.

No one knows how he feels about the confusion beyond the Tweet because Papadopoulos says he's visiting Greece and has limited access to connectivity. Papadopolous said he should appear on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos because their names sounded similar.

Papadopoulos, who was based in London at the time, did not attend them all, but he did attend a dinner meeting of the advisers in late June at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, along with Sessions. He worked for the Hudson Institute from 2011 through 2015 in Washington, and was also briefly a foreign policy adviser to then-GOP presidential primary candidate Ben Carson - now Trump's secretary of Housing and Urban Development - before he joined the Trump campaign.

The Trump campaign's national co-chairman had an interesting excuse when it was revealed he had urged another campaign staffer to meet with Russian officials.

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