Trump is directly made aware of Papadopoulos’ work. At a national security meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2016, Papadopoulos briefs Trump and his other foreign policy advisers working on the campaign about his connections to Russians. The plea says he:
introduced himself to the group, he stated, in sum and substance, that he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin.
Trump tweeted out a photo of the meeting, in which you can see Papadopoulos sitting a few seats away from the president.
A big takeaway point: After months of congressional grilling and press inquiries about Trump contacts with Russian officials, these new details reveal that several people on the Trump campaign were aware that a Trump campaign representative was taking meetings with Russian officials. The Mueller team clearly has a copy of this email and so knows exactly some of the people who were made directly aware of this meeting.
Monday brought a political storm that Trump could not control.
But Trump’s anger Monday was visible to those who interacted with him, and the mood in the corridors of the White House was one of weariness and fear of the unknown.
As the president groused upstairs, many staffers — some of whom have hired lawyers to help them navigate Mueller’s investigation — privately speculated about where the special counsel might turn next.
“The walls are closing in,” said one senior Republican in close contact with top staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. “Everyone is freaking out.”
Trump is also increasingly agitated by the expansion of Mueller’s probe into financial issues beyond the 2016 campaign and about the potential damage to him and his family.
We now know Trump’s campaign was run by an accused Russian foreign agent charged w/ conspiring against US & laundering payments from Moscow.
Ã¢ÂÂ Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 31, 2017
The info POPADOPOULIS has already given Mueller ever since he flipped MONTHS ago canÃ¢ÂÂt be erased even if Mueller is fired. The jig is upÃ¢ÂÂ¼Ã¯Â¸Â
Ã¢ÂÂ Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 31, 2017
CHRIS HAYES: Were you on email chains with Papadopoulos about Russia?
CARTER PAGE: It may have come up from time to time…
Ã¢ÂÂ Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) October 31, 2017
Why does Carter Page keep giving interviews? This is just brutal. pic.twitter.com/wjo4KfzXQt
Ã¢ÂÂ Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 31, 2017
Like clockwork, Fox has already begun attacking the judge in the Manafort case & the judge is a black woman. https://t.co/t1Wl9hOAfp
Ã¢ÂÂ deray mckesson (@deray) October 30, 2017
JUST IN: Twitter tells U.S. Congress it has found 2,752 accounts linked to Russian operatives, up from 201 tally it reported in September pic.twitter.com/DUeF0cXYiP
Ã¢ÂÂ Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) October 30, 2017
Trump had a meltdown in anticipation of the indictments. Wondering why….ItÃ¢ÂÂs telling that it worries him so much. https://t.co/JkFVy7k2hF
Ã¢ÂÂ Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) October 31, 2017
Don’t forget this response from Manafort in July 2016 when asked if Trump had any financial relationships with Russian oligarchs. pic.twitter.com/nOzz0bsmIM
Ã¢ÂÂ Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2017
Ã¢ÂÂ #WeAreRobertMueller (@AHamiltonSpirit) October 30, 2017
Ã¢ÂÂ FRONTLINE (@frontlinepbs) October 31, 2017
Trump had 3 campaign managers:
#1: Charged with battery of a woman during campaign
#2: Just got indicted
#3: Steve Bannon
Ã¢ÂÂ Ben Wexler (@mrbenwexler) October 30, 2017
If the Trump admin follows the usual failing autocrat pattern, accusations against enemies will now increase dramatically.
Ã¢ÂÂ Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) October 30, 2017