The View Grills George Papadopoulos: Did The Trump Campaign ‘Set You Up?’

Pauline Gross
September 12, 2018

The former Trump adviser told CNN's Jake Tapper that he recalled Sessions - in the March 2016 meeting - that the then-senator was "enthusiastic" about a potential Putin-Trump meeting.

A "remorseful" and "contrite" Papadopoulos confirmed that he was trying to protect the president, fearing that the president could be wrongly incriminated. "How did that manifest itself?" "I wanted to distance myself as much as possible and Trump himself, and the campaign from what was probably an illegal action or risky information".

She added that she understands their concern about her role as it relates to her husband, but has denied that she has any ties to Russian Federation.

"I'm saying I have no recollection of doing it", Papadopoulos replied.

The couple married in March of this year.

Lawyers for the Democratic National Committee have said it's possible Mifsud is dead. He revised those statements after court documents in the special counsel investigation showed that Sessions led the March meeting where Papadopoulos described his contacts with Russian Federation and suggested setting up a Trump-Putin meeting. Sunny Hostin asked. "You never told anyone?" "Sessions", Papadopoulos said on ABC's "This Week". In that testimony, Sessions said he resisted the idea of any Russian Federation meeting proposed by Papadopoulos.

Noting she gave the information to Congress and the FBI, Papadopoulos' wife said she knew the professor for five years through the European Parliament, and his background didn't fit the narrative of a Russian agent.

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"I think everyone was a little paranoid throughout this past year", Papadopoulos said.

"Did they set you up?"

He will also have to complete 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of $9,500. He pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his interactions with a Russian national and with Mifsud.

While Papadopoulos still must surrender himself and serve the two-week prison stint, he said he is already looking beyond that sentence - to a life after his brief and tumultuous foray into electoral politics. "In addition, public reports have said he has disappeared and hasn't been seen for months", said spokeswoman Adrienne Watson. A group of Republicans in Congress are investigating whether the officials misled the court and Page's rights were infringed upon.

But then when the two men met face to face for the first time a week later in London, Papadopoulos said, "All of a sudden, he pulls out his phone, everyone has phones when they meet with me, and he places in the front of him and he begins to tell me, 'So George, hacking is in the interest of your campaign".

"Obviously, Trump was very vocal [during the campaign] about wanting to work with Putin at some level, like at the geopolitical level", Papadopoulos said. Mifsud, whom Papadopoulos described in the ABC interview as "quite giddy", said that the Russians "have thousands of Hillary Clinton's e-mails".

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