Why is the Trump Team worried about G.P.?
First, it’s about what he knows;
Second, about what he has done;
Third, about what he has admitted he has done on behave of the Trump Campaign.
Why George Papadopoulos Is More Dangerous Than Paul Manafort
by Harry Litman, NYTimes.com — Oct 30, 2017
For starters, the plea describes Mr. Papadopoulos’s efforts to gather negative information on Hillary Clinton from officials in the Russian Foreign Ministry and a Russian professor who told Mr. Papadopoulos that Moscow had “thousands of emails” of “dirt” on Mrs. Clinton. This paints perhaps the clearest picture so far of Russia’s attempt to provide assistance to the Trump campaign — and the willingness of at least some campaign staff members to accept that assistance.
A footnote in Mr. Papadopoulos’s plea agreement includes a detail that is particularly damning when combined with previously reported information: Mr. Manafort wanted to be sure that Mr. Trump himself would not accept a Russian invitation to travel to Russia. In March 2016, George Papadopoulos sent an email to seven campaign officials, including Mr. Manafort and the campaign manager at the time, Corey Lewandowski, saying that Russian leadership wanted to meet with the Trump team. Mr. Manafort forwarded that email to Mr. Gates with a note saying: “We need someone to communicate that D.T. is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”
Fifth, the episode that prompts the guilty plea is a virtual carbon copy of the infamous July 9, 2016, meeting that Mr. Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. attended with a Russian lawyer. […]
If any of the principals in the July 9 meeting lied to the F.B.I. about what transpired, they are in immediate criminal jeopardy for the same reasons for which Mr. Papadopoulos had to plead guilty. No doubt Mr. Kushner and Mr. Trump Jr. are huddling with their lawyers and wondering if they are next.
Why is the Trump Team worried about G.P.?
Because what he has admitted to, is basically Russian Collusion:
Why George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea is a much bigger problem for Trump than the Manafort indictment
by Chris Cillizz, CNN.com — Oct 30, 2017
The obvious question is why Papadopolous initially lied to the FBI — despite being warned that doing so would have major consequences. Why, if there was nothing to hide about his relationship — or attempted relationship with Russian officials — would Papadopoulos feel the need to put himself in serious legal jeopardy by lying about the timing of his conversations with “the Professor”?
We don’t know the answer to that question. But, we do know one reason why Papadopoulos was pursuing the relationship with the Russians; he believed they had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. This, again from Papadopoulos’ plea agreement, makes that plain:
“On or about April 26, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS met the Professor for breakfast at a London hotel. During this meeting, the Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that he had just returned from a trip to Moscow where he had met with high-level Russian government officials. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that on that trip he (the Professor) learned that the Russians had obtained “dirt” on then-candidate Clinton. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS, as defendant PAPADOPOULOS later described to the FBI, that “They [the Russians] have dirt on her”; “the Russians had emails of Clinton”; “they have thousands of emails.”
[…] what Papadopolous has already admitted to doing — lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian operatives regarding “dirt” on Trump’s general election opponent — is a very big deal. A bigger deal — in terms of the investigation into Russia’s attempted meddling in the election and allegations of collusion — than the dozen counts laid out in the Manafort indictment.
Why is the Trump Team really worried about George Papadopoulos?
Because what G.P. has done, is basically what they have ALL been doing
— Lying to the FBI and the American Public, about their many many Russian contacts.
And about their willingness to work with foreign spies, in order to “Win at any cost.”
Well hopefully, it’s going to “cost them” now. Hopefully all their “lies upon lies” — put’s them all in the Jackpot too. As it has for George.
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