Scoop: George Papadopoulos Spills on Mueller Cooperation in First TV Interview With Jake Tapper
George Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign and a figures at the center of the Russia investigation, will appear in his first-ever T.V. interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday, following his sentencing for the charge of giving false statements to the FBI.
CNN will air the exclusive hour-long special with Papadopoulos on Friday night at 11 p.m., sources told Mediaite.
In the interview — which has already been taped — Papadopoulos detailed to Tapper what he told Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his cooperation with the Russia probe, a CNN source said.
Other sources said multiple networks had been vying for the first interview with Papadopoulos, including ABC News and CBS News.
Friday’s broadcast will mark Papadopoulos’ first on-air interview, coming months after he was charged with lying to investigators. Mueller recommended a sentence of up to six months, but Papadopoulos faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Papadopoulos admitted lying about his contacts with Joseph Mifsud, a professor in London. Mifsud told Papadopoulos in 2016, while Papadopoulos was serving as an adviser on the Trump campaign, that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Investigators said Papadopoulos initially denied contact with the professor.
According to the CNN source, Papadopoulos also told Tapper about his contacts with Mifsud, and who else he spoke to during the campaign about the “dirt” the professor claimed the Russians had on Clinton.
Lawyers for Papadopoulos recently claimed that President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions encouraged him to set up a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign. The claim contradicts what Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he testified that he pushed back on the proposal.
UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: A source at CNN tells Mediaite the time of Papadopoulos’ interview with Tapper has been pushed to 11 p.m. on Friday night. It will air again on Sunday at 10 p.m.
Preview clips will start airing on Tapper’s show The Lead on Friday.
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