As we all know Jefferson Beuregard Sessions III has repeated stated under oath that he had no knowledge of “anyone in the Trump campaign being in contact with Russians” but that — on top of the fact that he had personally met Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak twice which he claimed was not related to his position as a member of the campaign or a surrogate — was a big giant lie.
The guilty plea Papadopoulos signed shows the campaign adviser communicated with Russians promising stolen campaign information on Hillary Clinton, and he tried repeatedly to set up meetings between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Papadopoulos told other committee members, and Trump himself, about his contacts with Russia during a March 31, 2016, meeting — and proposed arranging for the Republican candidate to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
According to a CNN report Wednesday, Trump “didn’t say yes and he didn’t say no.”
But Sessions, then an Alabama senator and chairman of his national security team, shut down the proposal, according to one person present for the meeting and confirmed by another source.
So right here in this meeting Papadopoulos announced that he was meeting and speaking with various Russian specifically in order to set up a meeting between Putin and Trump — and Session knew this because he’s the one who say “NO” right there in that meeting. Later on in May there were communications between Manafort and Gates stated that “Let[‘]s discuss, We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.” And then in August just before Manafort left the campaign he advised Papadopoulos to “make the trip” to Moscow himself.
Session’s could put on the “good guy” hat by saying he was against the idea of Trump going to Moscow and meeting Putin during the campaign, but apparently he couldn’t stop Manafort from authorizing him to go do it on his own anyway.
It appears Papadopoulos didn’t make the trip after Manafort’s departure — and even that shows that George wasn’t driving this train, Paul was, even if Sessions was pulling the break — he was still on board and has lied to Congress about it multiple times.
Somebody tweet Al Franken, stat!