The objective of the meeting at the hotel, according to Papadopoulos, was to help make arrangements for then-candidate Trump to meet with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin-a goal on which Papadopoulos says some of Trump's other advisers were quite keen.
George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser recently sentenced to two weeks in jail for lying to investigators, says Attorney General Jeff Sessions was "quite enthusiastic" during the 2016 campaign about the prospect of a summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Papadopoulos lashed out Monday on his Twitter account against Alexander Downer, the former Australian ambassador to the United Kingdom, who reported that the campaign aide had told him over wine that Russian Federation had damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Sessions, now Attorney General, testified in November that he rejected Papadopoulos' offer.
"This guy Papadopoulos, I've never met him, but he clearly is aspiring to be a player", Warner said.
"I'll leave others to make judgments about the veracity of those tweets", Downer said in response to Papadopulos's claims, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] sentenced former Trump campaign aid George Papadopoulos to 14 days in prison on Friday. The DNC - which is suing Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 election - said in a court filing Friday that it believes all the defendants in the case have been served with the complaint, "with the exception of Mifsud (who is missing and may be deceased)", Bloomberg reported. He was open to the idea and he deferred of course to then senior Sen.
Papadopoulos says he suggested the meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign gathering on March 31, 2016 and that the then-presidential candidate seemed interested but appeared to defer to Sessions' opinion.
"The early date of this contact is significant: Even the Clinton campaign was not yet aware that Russian Federation possessed their stolen emails", Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee wrote in a status report about their investigation. He also said he does not remember telling anyone in the campaign about the emails.
Christopher Steele was the former MI6 spy credited with authoring the anti-Trump dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.
He said it was odd to him that Downer would want to talk, since Papadopoulos had no expertise in U.S. -Australia relations. "The campaign was fully aware what I was doing". "That's the only thing I know about him".
While Papadopoulos is planning a move to California to begin his new life supporting his wife's fledgling acting career, he may not be entirely finished with the investigations that led him to prison.