Trump Campaign Aide Spoke Of Possible Russia Collusion During Drunken Conversation

By on December 30, 2017

Where I come from (the state of Wisconsin, where five of the top 10 drinking cities in the nation are located), we have an expression about drinking and politics: you don’t talk big at the bar. Don’t go spilling your secrets or brag about your confidential information when you’re enjoying an Old Fashioned.

That piece of advice wasn’t shared with former Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos apparently, because he reportedly blabbed about ‘dirt’ that Russians had on Hillary Clinton while drinking at a bar during the campaign season.

The New York Times reports that Papadopoulos was sharing a drink with an Australian diplomat named Alexander Downer in London during the springtime of 2016. Papadopoulos had told the diplomat that the information, obtained by the Kremlin, would help improve Trump’s chances in the election.

Sure enough, Clinton’s emails leaked two months later, and when they did, Downer and other Australian officials made sure to alert their American counterparts what they had learned from Papadopoulos’s drunken confession.

That information, according to the Times’s reporting, is what drove the FBI to begin an investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion efforts to sway the election to favor Donald Trump.

This runs counter to what Trump said just this past week on Twitter, when he suggested a dossier of information crafted by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele was the basis to start the investigation. “They used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage [the Steele dossier] as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!” he wrote.

That dossier did include a plethora of information against Trump and his dubious connections with Russia. It also included information alleging he paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed that former President Barack Obama once slept in.

But it wasn’t what prompted the investigation by the FBI.

Trump and his administration are likely sweating it out tonight after these latest revelations. Not only did the investigation itself start with the help of Australian officials alerting the U.S. to possible collusion efforts, contradicting their prior assertions, but knowing that Papadopoulos himself made a plea agreement earlier this year, and is working with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump and others, it’s evident that he’s telling them EVERYTHING about their efforts to get dirt on Clinton during 2016.

In addition to collusion charges, Trump is also likely under investigation for obstruction of justice, due to his termination of former FBI director James Comey after he wouldn’t put the Russia investigation to rest. But while the possible charges of obstruction once seemed like the way Trump would be going down, it now seems concrete that the collusion charges are a sure thing as well.

It’s no longer a question of “if” Mueller will charge Trump, but “when.”