Trump Adviser Papadopoulos Lied to FBI

By on October 30, 2017
George Papadopoulos

Paul Manafort’s indictment is dominating Monday’s headlines, but the fact that Trump adviser George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russians may be the more significant development of the day.

Papadopoulos came on board the Trump campaign in early 2016 and served as an energy and foreign policy expert. According to the unsealed indictment, Papadopoulos allegedly was in contact with another high-ranking Trump campaign official about his ongoing attempts to broker a meeting between Trump and the Russians. The meeting would assumedly have been a venue to discuss what U.S.-Russia relations might look like under a Trump presidency.

The communications relayed back to the campaign by Papadopoulos indicated that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The other campaign official that was apparently aware of these Russian overtures was not named in the indictment.

According to the FBI, Papadopoulos lied about his contacts with the Russians.

“Through his false statements and omissions, defendant … impeded the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the Campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” reads the indictment.

He was arrested this past July and entered his guilty plea on October 5 — an arrangement that will apparently involve Papadopoulos cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation. According to the indictment, prosecutors will keep the sentencing judge informed of Papadopoulos’s “efforts to cooperate with the Government, on the condition that your client continues to respond and provide information regarding any and all matters as to which the Government deems relevant.”

This is ironclad proof that members of the Trump campaign were openly courting help from the Russian government and will be a key element of the investigation moving forward as Mueller, no doubt, will be looking for other flippers to help establish a solid case of collusion.