In an interview with ABC this morning, convicted felon and former Foreign Policy Advisor to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, admitted that the Trump Campaign knew that the Russians had illegally obtained information about Hillary Clinton, and they knew long before the public knew:
Papadopoulos was sentenced on Friday to the jail time and one year of supervised release for lying to the FBI about his interactions with Mifsud.
Mifsud told Papadopoulos that the Russians possessed incriminating information about Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails” — before it was widely and publicly known that Russia had stolen Democratic emails, according to Papadopoulos and prosecutors.
So, what did the Trump Campaign do when presented with information that a foreign country had illegally hacked Americans? Did they tell the FBI, as they should have done?
They instead sought to setup a meeting with Vladimir Putin through the very same person that had informed them of the hacking that Russia had done:
Papadopoulos said he brought up the idea of setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign meeting on March 31, 2016, and that there were mixed reactions.
“Candidate Trump at the time, he nodded at me, I don’t think he was committed either way. He was open to the idea and he deferred of course to then senior Sen. Jeff Sessions, who I remember being quite enthusiastic about hosting,” Papadopoulos said Sunday.
“I actively sought to leverage my contacts with the professor to host this meeting,” Papadopoulos said, referring to a professor who is believed to be a Russian government operative. “The campaign was fully aware of what I was doing.”
As noted, Jeff Sessions not only heard all about the proposed meeting with Putin, he also approved of setting up the meeting, which is not what Jeff Sessions said under oath:
FRANKEN: CNN has just published a story, and I’m telling you this about a news story that’s just been published. I’m not expecting you to know whether or not it’s true or not. But CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that, quote, “Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” These documents also allegedly say, quote, “There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.”
Now, again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so you know. But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious, and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?
SESSIONS: Sen. Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.
FRANKEN: You don’t believe that surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians. Is that what you’re saying?
SESSIONS: I did not and I’m not aware of anyone else that did. And I don’t believe it happened.
SESSIONS: I have never met with or had any conversation with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States. Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.
Jeff Sessions appears to have repeatedly lied to Congress. I wonder why?
Maybe Jeff Sessions should testify again. And it would probably be a good idea if he is asked just why the Trump campaign did not notify the FBI that Russia had hacked Americans, and instead chose to try to setup a meeting with Vladimir Putin after having been notified that Russia hacked Americans. What exactly was the thought process behind that?
I think it’s about time the public knows the whole truth.
And, that truth will need to come from the Trump Campaign, as it appears that the man who George Papadopoulos was working with to setup a meeting with Vladimir Putin, the man who informed George Papadopoulos of Russia’s hacking, is now missing and presumed dead.
A PROFESSOR who allegedly offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign on behalf of the Kremlin is “missing and may be dead,” according to court papers.
…However, the documents revealed Mifsud was the only defendant who had not been served with the complaint because he “is missing and may be deceased.”
…Mifsud’s Ukrainian-based fiance, who gave birth to his daughter earlier this year, has reportedly not heard for him in months.