But an email from Papadopoulos included in the court filings made public on Monday suggests someone in the Trump camp may have actually okayed a meeting between campaign officials and the Russian government.
This is an example of the hate tweets that a Novi man named George Papadopoulis started receiving: "can't wait to watch u try to wriggle out of this one, trump advisor george papadopoulos". During a six-month period ending August 15, Papadopoulos met, telephoned, Skyped or emailed his three foreign contacts or five different Trump campaign officials a total of 29 times. "NONE!" the verified account for George Papadopoulos, financial planner and CPA, tweeted.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Sam Clovis was the unnamed "campaign supervisor" mentioned in a court filing that said George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser on the campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Two of the unnamed campaign officials referenced are in fact former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.
Papadopoulos, 30, a former researcher at the conservative Hudson Institute, was thrust Monday into the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
In an interview on MSNBC, Page, who's scheduled to testify behind closed doors before a House intelligence committee panel Thursday, said he "might have been" on email threads with Papadopoulos where Russian Federation "may have come up from time to time", but clarified that "nothing major" was discussed.
Page said it was not him who encouraged Papadopoulous to travel to Russian Federation nor was he the "low level" campaign member mentioned in court documents who went to Russian Federation "so as not to send any signal".
On pardons, Sekulow says: "I have not had a conversation with the president regarding pardons".
The FBI affidavit details how Papadopoulos cultivated at least three Russian government-linked contacts who had promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and expressed interest in brokering a meeting between Putin and Trump.
"It clearly worked at the time", the former campaign official said.
CPA Papadopoulos's tweet comes after former Trump foreign policy adviser Papadopoulous pleaded guilty on Monday to making false statements and "material omissions" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, USA Today reports.
Page came under scrutiny in the past for a trip he took to Moscow during the campaign, which he has consistently claimed was a personal trip that had nothing to do with Trump or the election. Papadopoulos, who was based in London at the time, did not attend all of the meetings, but he did attend a dinner meeting of the advisers in late June at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
His name is George Papadopoulos - not to be confused with George Papadopoulos.
However, if it's true, the email is the clearest evidence yet that the Trump campaign sought to make contact with Russian officials.
"For the nth time, I am NOT Trump's foreign policy adviser!".