A former Trump campaign aide who has agreed to cooperate with the Bob Mueller probe as part of a guilty plea deal could possibly bring down Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his testimony.
Prosecutors in the Mueller probe revealed Monday that former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and has agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
Court documents show that Papadopoulos communicated with a professor linked to the Russian government about obtaining “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
He also tried to arrange meetings between Trump officials and Russian government officials.
Three days after joining the Trump campaign, Papadopoulos sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line “Meeting With Russian Leadership – Including Putin.”
He emailed Corey Lewandowski, the first campaign manager, that “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right.”
He asked Lewandowski and campaign adviser Sam Clovis last May to help set up a meeting.
Papadopoulos met with the Russian professor who promised dirt in April 2016, and then shared the information with a “high-ranking campaign official” and “senior policy advisor” the next day.
Russia then continued to try to set up a meeting through Papadopoulos for weeks.
It’s unclear who Papadopoulos was referring to in the campaign but Raw Story points out that the team was small at the time and he would have answered to Sessions, who then oversaw the campaign’s foreign policy advisory committee.
Trump announced Papadopoulos, along with a number of other unknown advisors, in March of 2016. He called Papadopoulos as “an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy” in an interview with the Washington Post.
Sessions led the committee Papadopoulos joined. Sessions’ longtime aide and now-White House adviser Stephen Miller “detailed the effort Sessions has poured into this new role” Breitbart gushed in March.
“Jeff Sessions has been meeting for hours now putting together a team of foreign policy advisers, military experts, [and] intelligence experts,” Miller told Fox News. “I had a chance to speak to Sen. Sessions today and his military advisers for about half an hour before coming here and we discussed some robust foreign policy ideas.”
Sessions was later forced to recuse himself from overseeing the Justice Department’s investigation into the campaign’s ties to Russia after it was revealed he omitted two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign in his disclosure.
Earlier this month, Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken slammed Sessions’ evolving story on his meetings with the Russians.
“How your responses morphed from, ‘I did not have any communications with the Russians,’ to, ‘I did not discuss the political campaign,’ and then finally going to, ‘I did not discuss interference in the election’— that to me is moving the goal post every time,” Franken said. “By the end, we’re going to a 75-yard field goal.”
“Saying, ‘I didn’t discuss interfering in the election is your last statement,’ that’s a very different bar than, ‘I can tell you I did not meet with any Russians,’” Franken added.
With Papadopoulos cooperating with Mueller’s probe, and the clear involvement of senior campaign officials in his communications with the Russians, it’s possible that Sessions and other aides may soon meet with prosecutors in the investigation.