The noose tightens on Trump, and Sessions too:
In a sentencing memo using what can only be described as the “I’m a total idiot” defense strategy, George Papadopoulos (via his lawyers) revealed that both Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions approved the idea of connecting with the Kremlin during the March 31 2016 national security meeting pictured above.
The memo, in which the lawyers attempt to get the judge on a first-name basis with “young George,” is here. Money quote:
Eager to show his value to the campaign, George announced at the meeting that he had connections that could facilitate a foreign policy meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 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.
Thus he’s saying that Sessions lied to Congress, not to mention the public, about his involvement.
Working for Trump was young George’s dream job, the memo shows, as despite being rebuffed once, he kept trying for it:
George doubled down on his efforts to join that campaign and, in early March 2016, he received an interview for the position of foreign policy advisor. During his meeting with a senior Trump campaign official, George learned that the campaign’s foreign policy focus would be improving relations with Russia. George landed the job despite having no experience with U.S. and Russian diplomacy.
On March 14, 2016, George met London-based college Professor Joseph Mifsud while traveling in Italy.
Because the first thing you do, two weeks or less into your dream job, is go on vacation in Italy. Sheeyure. And then he just happened to meet a Kremlin agent.
When Mifsud, then director of the London Academy of Diplomacy, claimed connections to the Russian Government, George thought he could utilize him and his connections to help the Trump campaign promote its policy objectives. Professor Mifsud paid young George little attention until learning of his position as one of Trump’s foreign policy advisors.
Donald Trump publicly named George as one of his campaign’s foreign policy advisors on March 21, 2016, boasting to reporters: “He’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy.” Three days later, on March 24, 2016, George met again with Professor Mifsud in London
Two vacations in the first month of his dream job! Ehh, no. He was clearly on assignment.
…where he introduced George to a young woman named Olga, who Professor Mifsud claimed was a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Professor Mifsud and Olga led George to believe that they had the wherewithal to set up a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.
Returning to Washington D.C., twenty-eight-year-old George witnessed his career skyrocketing to unimaginable heights.
Because that’s what happens in Trumpworld when you are willing to commit treason.
So then he frantically communicated with his new Russian friends to set up the meeting. The jokes write themselves with lines like this:
To say George was out of his depth would be a gross understatement. Despite being a young energy policy guru, he had no experience in dealing with Russian policy or its officials.
I need to add here that naive, clueless young George got a bachelor’s degree in political science then went on to study public policy, international law and national security to obtain a masters in security studies.
George joined Professor Mifsud for breakfast in London on April 26, 2016, with the intention of finalizing plans for the foreign policy meeting. It was during this breakfast meeting, however, that Professor Mifsud told George that individuals in Moscow possessed “dirt” on candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” Not knowing what to make of this comment…
This young guru with a masters degree in security studies supposedly didn’t see the only legitimate thing to make of this comment: CALL THE FBI RIGHT NOW.
Instead, when FBI agents questioned him in January 2017, he lied to them. One of the two reasons given is total selfishness with which he asks the judge is asked to sympathize, and the second throws Trump under the bus again:
Caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation, Mr. Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master.
The sentencing memo never admits that George told the campaign about the Russian “dirt” on Hillary, however. The Foreign Minister of Greece, yes, in May of 2016, but not the campaign. Sheeyure.
Here’s an unrolled Twitter thread by Seth Abramson in which he says George knows much more than the document reveals, which is screamingly obvious, but makes other interesting observations.
Bonus video: George’s wife, showing cleavage, begs Donald Trump to pardon her husband on CNN. See her literally squirm (watch her arms) especially when Jake Tapper asks her how George was a victim.
Like Trump is going to pardon someone who’s implicated him. These people live in fairyland.
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