Papadopoulos: Trump campaign officials 'fully aware' of Putin meeting efforts

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The question arose as Papadopoulos recalled his interactions with Maltese professor and suspected Russian operative Joseph Misfud, who met with him in 2016, claiming he could help the Trump campaign obtain dirt on then challenger Hillary Clinton.

- 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.

"My recollection differs from Jeff Sessions'", Papadopoulos said on This Week.

Stephanopoulos asked if Papadopoulos thinks that "when the entire Mueller investigation is finished that they will demonstrate that there was collusion between the Trump campaign, between Trump advisers and the Russians". Trump deferred to then-Senator Jeff Sessions, who was "enthusiastic", he said.

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Papadopoulos was appearing for his first interview since being convicted of lying to special counsel Robert Mueller, for which he received a 14-day prison sentence.

"At the time of my interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I think around three or four days before that, I was at the inauguration attending parties with senior-level transition officials", Papadopoulos told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week".

"All I can say is that my testimony might have helped move something towards that, but I have no idea", he said.

Sessions testified in October that he did not believe that Trump campaign members had contacts with Russians.

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So far, campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Mr Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen; Deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and National security adviser Michael Flynn have all pled or been found guilty.

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. "Of course I'm remorseful, I'm contrite and I did lie [to the FBI] but you know you're just taken off guard, I guess, in such a momentous occasion where you're potentially sitting there incriminating the president".

In light of journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book about turmoil inside the White House and a remarkable op-ed in the New York Times by a "senior administration official" about a "quiet resistance" in the administration, Warner said Mr. Trump is not a president who "understands our system of laws and rule of law". Papadopoulos says he had nothing to do with the leak.

He said Papadopoulos' deception required investigators to scour more than 100,000 emails and gigabytes of data to reconstruct the timeline of his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries.

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