George Papadopoulos says Jeff Sessions 'quite enthusiastic' about Trump-Putin summit


George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump who was sentenced Friday for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said he recalled then-Sen. "I still have significant questions about how high that information went, and I know the Senate Intelligence Committee would like to hear directly from Mr. Papadopoulos".

Papadopoulos detailed how then-Senator Jeff Sessions was enthusiastic about pursuing a meeting between Trump and Putin during the campaign - which is in direct contrast to what Sessions later told Congress.

Papadopoulos said that those thoughts were "probably in the back of [his] mind", wondering "what exactly [he was] doing, talking about Russian hacking or election interference with a candidate that [he] just worked for".

"All I can say is, my recollection differs from his at this point", Papadopoulos said Sunday.

In an interview with the New York Times published immediately after his sentencing, Papadopoulos said he lied, "Because as far as I can remember, at the time - it's hard to pin exactly what was going through my mind over an F.B.I. interview".

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, wife of former Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, said in an exclusive live interview with her husband on "This Week" Sunday that her worldwide political background raised "a red flag" for USA investigators. In that testimony, Sessions said he resisted the idea of any Russian Federation meeting proposed by Papadopoulos.

The "attorney general says he pushed back", Stephanopoulos said to Papadopoulos.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee conducting its own investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, said Friday he believes Papadopoulos could be called to testify.

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He worked at the University of Stirling until a year ago - and has now been identified as "missing, maybe dead" in court papers filed by the Democratic National Committee.

He said he does not remember telling Downer, but that he does remember telling a different top diplomat.

Senator Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own Russian Federation collusion investigation, applauded Mueller's work. Papadopoulos had allegedly met with people connected to Russian politics.

Papadopoulos told Hannity it felt like a bomb was dropped on him. I can't guarantee it. "That's not very believable".

The committee would be "hard-pressed" to release its findings before the midterm congressional elections, Warner, D-Va., said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Christopher Steele was the former MI6 spy credited with authoring the anti-Trump dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

Weeks later, stolen Mrs Clinton emails were leaked over the internet by what USA intelligence chiefs now say were Russian intelligence actors.

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.