Senate Intel Won't Have Russia Report By Midterms, Top Democrat Says

Leroy Wright
September 12, 2018

- George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, was sentenced to 14 days in prison Friday after he told a judge he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries.

Papadopoulos told campaign officials that he could help broker the meeting through his contact with a professor.

The aide, George Papadopoulos, said recently in an interview and court filings that Sessions, an early and influential adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign, welcomed the idea.

"All I can say is my testimony might have helped move something towards that", Papadopoulos told ABC News today.

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, via LinkedIn.

In late April, he also told them that Mr Mifsud said the Russians had information that could harm Mrs Clinton, in the form of thousands of emails.

Papadopoulos's comments to ABC were the first he has made since being sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his interactions with a Russian national while working for the Trump campaign.

"He sat me down and he was quite giddy", Papadopoulos said.

"Of course", said Papadopoulos.

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"I don't think he was committed either way", Papadopoulos said of Trump.

"What it affects is how I was transmitting information at that time, and it was 99 percent over email at that time", he said.

"The early date of this contact is significant: Even the Clinton campaign was not yet aware that Russian Federation possessed their stolen emails", Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee wrote in a status report about their investigation. Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee's top Democrat, said in a statement.

He made "at best begrudging efforts to cooperate", the prosecutor said.

At the same time, he said he recognized that Papadopoulos had "genuine remorse" for "letting himself get caught up".

Papadopoulos repeated the line "anyone", shaking his head, when Tapper pressed him repeatedly with names of specific people he might have told, including Corey Lewandowski, Sam Clovis, [Rick] Dearborn, [John] Mashburn, and Walid Phares. His client was also affected by Trump's cries of "fake news" and his casting of the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" just days before his FBI interview.

A Stirling University professor who became embroiled in the U.S. investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election is said to be living under a new identity, according to a right-wing American website.

The former campaign aide insisted his location in London meant his communications were conducted "99 percent over email".

After the judge issued the sentence, Papadopoulos stepped away from the defense table and paused in a long embrace with his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos. "I don't know if it was pre-planned or what-not, but it was very interesting".

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