George Papadopoulos says his testimony could help demonstrate the collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

George Papadopoulos talks about what he knew about his time in the Trump campaign

George Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign who was sentenced to two weeks in jail last week for lying to the FBI, said his testimony from a special lawyer Robert Mueller's team could help demonstrate the collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"All I can say is that my testimony could have helped move something towards that," Papadopoulos told ABC's This Week on Sunday.

He went on to say that he has no direct knowledge that Trump obstructed Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 contest.

"I do not think anyone should obstruct anything, and I do not have any opinion about that, and I really do not know that the president is obstructing anything, that's just my opinion," he said.

George Papadopoulos talks about what he knew about his time in the Trump campaign

George Papadopoulos talks about what he knew about his time in the Trump campaign

Papadopoulos says he suggested the meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign meeting on March 31, 2016

Papadopoulos says he suggested the meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign meeting on March 31, 2016

Papadopoulos says he suggested the meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign meeting on March 31, 2016

He refused to talk more about that, saying there was an investigation going on.

"I can not really go into detail about what I discussed with the special lawyer because there is still an investigation going on, of course I can speak for myself and my verdict I think says a lot about how I was involved at the moment," said Papadopoulos.

He revealed that he met with Mueller's team four times during his testimony, but never spoke with Mueller himself.

In his interview with ABC, Papadopoulos detailed his work in the Trump campaign, including a proposed meeting between the then presidential candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin and his contact with a professor who claimed to have knowledge of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton before that became public news.

Papadopoulos detailed how then-Senator Jeff Sessions was excited about the possibility of holding a meeting between Trump and Putin during the campaign, which contrasts directly with what Sessions told Congress later.

"My memory differs from that of Senator Sessions," Papadopoulos told ABC television this week.

Papadopoulos says he suggested the meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign meeting on March 31, 2016 and that the then presidential candidate seemed interested, but it seemed to differ from Sessions' opinion.

Sessions, who as Senator was one of Trump's first supporters on Capitol Hill and now serves as attorney general, later told Congress that he rejected the proposal at that meeting.

But Papadopoulos has a different memory, saying that Trump nodded to suggest that he was open to the idea, but then turned to Sessions.

– The candidate Trump at the moment nodded towards me. I do not think he was committed in any way. He was open to the idea. And he postponed, of course, then-Senator Jeff Sessions, whom I remember being quite enthusiastic about being a host, "he said.

When asked why Sessions told Congress something different, Papadopoulos said: "All I can say is that my memory differs from yours at this point."

Papadopoulos' account differed from that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Papadopoulos' account differed from that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Papadopoulos' account differed from that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Papadopoulos also spoke about his contact with Joseph Mifsud, a UK professor who sells garbage to Russian officials about Hillary Clinton.

Papadopoulos also spoke about his contact with Joseph Mifsud, a UK professor who sells garbage to Russian officials about Hillary Clinton.

Papadopoulos also spoke about his contact with Joseph Mifsud, a UK professor who sells garbage to Russian officials about Hillary Clinton.

He also spoke about his contact with Joseph Mifsud, a professor from the United Kingdom who sold garbage from Russian officials to Clinton.

On Friday, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee suggested that Mifsud might be dead.

The DNC, which is suing Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 elections, said in a court Friday that it believes all defendants in the case have been served & # 39; with the exception of Mifsud (who is missing and may be dead). & # 39; The lawyers did not give more details.

Papadopoulos told ABC after that meeting of the Trump campaign in March, that he sought to use his connection with Mifsud to organize a Trump-Putin meeting.

"The campaign was fully aware of what it was doing, including Corey Lewandowski, Sam Clovis," he said of his fellow Trump campaign advisers. "He was actively discussing with the group and with Sam that he was talking to Mifsud and that this person could arrange a meeting with Putin.

Papadopoulos said he met with Mifsud in April 2016 at the Andaz hotel next to Liverpool Street station in London.

And that meeting was when Mifsud, who had been in Moscow the previous week where he had had meetings with the Russian parliament, revealed that he knew of the existence of some emails hacked by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

"He made me sit down and he was quite stunned, and he told me that I have information that the Russians have thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton," he said.

Papadopoulos said he could not remember if he sent him an email or spoke to someone in the Trump campaign about Mifsud's claim about pirated emails, saying he did not have much faith in the professor because he discovered that Mifsud did not have the connections to arrange a meeting with Putin as he originally suggested.

He also said that the Trump campaign had just hired a new manager at the time, Paul Manafort, who did not express interest in a meeting with Putin.

"Actually, we look back on what was happening at that time, I think that at that time is when Corey Lewandowski has just been fired, Paul Manafort has just taken the helm of the campaign and, in fact, I approached Manafort and said Look, I have the information that the Russian government might want to be the Trump candidate, "he said. "You're interested or not, or I just do not want to continue this exercise if it's unsuccessful." And, as far as I remember, it did not seem that Paul Manafort would like to continue with this meeting.

Papadopoulos said he originally met with Mifsud at a conference in Rome when he was there for his work with the London International Legal Practice Center, shortly before joining the Trump campaign.

He said he told Mifsud that he was going to work for Trump.

"Basically he presented himself as this well-connected former diplomat with many trips that could essentially connect me and the campaign with Russian officials and other leaders around the world," said Papadopoulos.

Foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos, was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Friday

Foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos, was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Friday

Foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos, was sentenced to two weeks in prison on Friday

Papadopoulos was sentenced to two weeks in jail on Friday for lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russia.

He became the first member of Trump's campaign team to be sentenced in the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller.

Manafort was convicted on eight charges and is currently in jail, but has not yet been sentenced.

Judge Randolph Moss issued the sentence on Friday afternoon. Papadopoulos must also pay a fine of $ 9,500 and do 200 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say he lied "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the scope of the campaign's knowledge about his contacts."

Papadopoulos 31, told the New York Times this week: "I wanted to distance myself as much as possible – and Trump himself and the campaign – from what was probably an illegal action or dangerous information."

He added: "I never felt that I did something against the interests of my country."

His attorney, Thomas Breen, downplayed the false statements admitted by Papadopoulos, saying they were not as damaging as President Trump's constant attacks on investigators.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year for making a "materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement" to investigators during the FBI's investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year for making a "materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement" to investigators during the FBI's investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year for making a "materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement" to investigators during the FBI investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election

"The president of the United States hampered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos could ever," Breen said in court.

Traveling on the plains on Friday hoping to keep the Senate in Republican hands, Trump dropped Papopoulos, as did his White House, although Trump once mentioned him as one of the first foreign policy advisors.

"I see Papadopoulos today, I do not know Papadopoulos, I do not know," Trump told DailyMail.com and other journalists aboard Air Force One. "They caught him, I guess, with a couple of lies is what they're saying."

Then Trump added, referring to his campaign and presidency, as well as to Mueller's investigation: "There was no obstruction and there was no collusion … We have to get it over with."

Papadopoulos was Trump's first assistant to plead guilty and reach a cooperation agreement with the government, which indicates an aggressive prosecution that has now obtained cooperation agreements from Trump's top advisers and associates, and obtained a conviction from the former president. of campaign of Trump Paul Manafort.

Papadopoulos' lawyers filed a memo Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for his client who lies to the FBI when he interviewed in January 2017.

Papadopoulos' lawyers filed a memo Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for his client who lies to the FBI when he interviewed in January 2017.

Papadopoulos' lawyers filed a memo Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for his client who lies to the FBI when he interviewed in January 2017.

His wife, born in Italy, Simona Mangiante, with whom Papadopoulos met on the Linkedin site during the campaign, said he was considering withdrawing from his guilty plea and said that "suspicious people" they were chasing him from within the government.

His wife, born in Italy, Simona Mangiante, with whom Papadopoulos met on the Linkedin site during the campaign, said he was considering withdrawing from his guilty plea and said that "suspicious people" they were chasing him from within the government.

His wife, born in Italy, Simona Mangiante, with whom Papadopoulos met on the Linkedin site during the campaign, said he was considering withdrawing from his guilty plea and said that "suspicious people" they were chasing him from within the government.

After his plea, the White House diminished the role of Papadopoulos, with a former colleague who said he was just a "coffee boy." But he was also photographed at Trump's only meeting with his foreign policy team at Trump Tower, when a meeting between Trump and Putin was discussed.

Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also photographed.

Papadopoulos reflected on his situation in the Times interview.

"Looking back, we all make mistakes in life, you know, and that's it, I really hope so, to redeem myself in the eyes of my compatriots, here in the US But I really regret not telling the FBI immediately afterwards because I probably would have saved many problems for the world, at this point, considering that perhaps I was the light that created this conflagration, "he said.

He described the reaction he had when he said he could help organize a Trump meeting with Vladimir Putin.

I just wanted to hear what the two directors wanted to say, and apparently at the meeting the Trump candidate was at least open to this. Although he was not committed in any way, but nodded and abrogated Jeff Sessions, who I remember was quite excited about a possible meeting between then-candidate Trump and Putin, "said Papadopoulos.

Among the things that Papadopoulos lied to FBI agents under interrogation was his contact with Mifsud, who said that the Russians had "dirt". with Clinton.

He made the false statements he admitted during a meeting on January 27, 2017 with FBI agents.

His wife, born in Italy, Simona Mangiante, with whom Papadopoulos met on the Linkedin site during the campaign, said he was considering withdrawing from his guilty plea and said that "suspicious people" they were chasing him from within the government.

Papadopoulos is the first member of President Trump's campaign team to face the ruling in Mueller's investigation

Papadopoulos is the first member of President Trump's campaign team to face the ruling in Mueller's investigation

Papadopoulos is the first member of President Trump's campaign team to face the ruling in Mueller's investigation

Foreign policy adviser to the US presidential election campaign UU Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive in the US District Court. UU For your sentence

Foreign policy adviser to the US presidential election campaign UU Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive in the US District Court. UU For your sentence

Foreign policy adviser to the US presidential election campaign UU Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive in the US District Court. UU For your sentence

"While some in the room rejected George's offer, Mr. Trump nodded and abrogated Mr. Sessions, who seemed to like the idea and declared that the campaign should analyze it," said the statement on the intent of his client set up a meeting with Putin

In the testimony before the court, Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to the investigators, but asked for a very light sentence, saying that he had not tried to obstruct the investigation, but only wanted to protect his career.

He said he was a young and inexperienced Trump fan when his application to join the campaign was accepted in March 2016.

Papadopoulos established contacts with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed the links of the Kremlin and presented him to other ostensibly well-connected Russians, including a supposed niece of Putin.

Papadopoulos established contacts with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed the links of the Kremlin and presented him to other ostensibly well-connected Russians, including a supposed niece of Putin.

Papadopoulos established contacts with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed the links of the Kremlin and presented him to other ostensibly well-connected Russians, including a supposed niece of Putin.

During his interview for work with a senior campaign official, "George learned that the campaign's foreign policy approach would improve relations with Russia," the statement said.

"George got the job despite not having experience with US and Russian diplomacy."

Weeks later in Europe, Papadopoulos established contacts with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed links from the Kremlin and introduced him to other ostensibly well-connected Russians, including a purported niece of Putin.

"To say that George was out of reach would be a great understatement … I had no experience in dealing with Russian politics or its officials," the statement said.

Encouraged by the March 31 foreign policy team meeting, he continued to seek a Trump-Putin meeting.

At a breakfast on April 26, 2016, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that people in Moscow had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, information that Papadopoulos later shared with the campaign.

The meeting would never take place and Papadopoulos would be arrested shortly after July 27, 2017.

Prosecutors asked for a six-month jail sentence for lying, alleging that the man tricked them into "critical facts, in an investigation of national importance, after being explicitly warned that lying to the FBI was a federal offense."

"The nature and circumstances of the offense justify a jail sentence," prosecutors wrote, according to ABC News.

Papadopoulos' wife and her unofficial spokesperson, Simona, took to Twitter to share their support for her husband.

She said: I trust that the facts are clear now. I wait for a just decision. The defense judgment memorandum is a very accurate representation of George's genuine cooperation and the fact that he never impeded the investigation. #freeGeorge ♥ & # 39;

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