Papadopoulos Claims Jeff Sessions Supported Trump-Putin Meeting During 2016 Campaign
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos is now contradicting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ claims about his reaction to a proposed meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-candidate Donald Trump, CNN reports.
Per a court filing written by lawyers for Papadopoulos, rather than rebuffing the idea of a Putin-Trump meeting as the attorney general has claimed, Sessions seemingly liked the idea.
“While some in the room rebuffed George’s offer, Mr. Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it,” read the filing. “George’s giddiness over Mr. Trump’s recognition was prominent during the days that followed.”
However, during a sworn testimony, Sessions said of the meeting, “I push back at that. You made statements that he — at the meeting, I push back,” suggesting he did not approve of or like the idea.
While Papadopoulos’ credibility has been questioned in the past, his latest claim could still mark a key change in the on-going Trump-Russia saga.
As for what Papadopoulos is getting out of cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation, he is requesting that he serve no prison time for pleading guilty to lying to federal officials.
Watch above, via CNN.
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