George Papadopoulos to Jake Tapper: Sessions Was ‘Enthusiastic’ About Potential Trump-Putin Meeting
Just moments after the news broke that former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a year of supervision, community service and a fine, CNN’s Jake Tapper debuted a clip from his pre-taped interview with Papadopoulos.
In the interview — the first since he pleaded guilty last year — the former campaign advisor insisted that he never alerted the Trump campaign about Russian dirt.
“As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign,” Papadopoulos told Tapper.
Then, hedging a bit, he added: “I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so. I can’t guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign.”
The most explosive claim, however, revolved around Attorney General Jeff Sessions (then Sen. Sessions) who Papadopoulos insisted once again was in favor of his plan to have then-candidate Donald Trump meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin, contradicted Sessions’ sworn testimony.
“My recollection was that the senator [Jeff Sessions] was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin.”
Papadopoulos further stressed: “I remember him being enthusiastic about a potential meeting between the candidate and President Putin after I raised the question.”
Papadopoulos also made a similar claim about Sessions last week in court.
In response to Papadopoulos’ claims, Sessions released a statement through his lawyer to CNN stating he “stands by his testimony.”
CNN plans to air the full interview with Papadopoulos at 11 pm on Friday.
Watch above, via CNN.
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