In the midst of the uproar following the unsealing of the Mueller indictments, not a lot of focus has been placed on a guilty plea tendered by former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos.
On October 5, Papadopoulos, who was arrested in July after debarking from a plane at Dulles airport, pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI to cover up the fact that he had been in contact with Russian operatives who claimed to have “thousands of emails” with dirt on Hillary Clinton.
According to court documents, Papadopolous was contacted in March by an unnamed Russian professor. He then was in email contact with an official in the Russian foreign ministry. One of the emails discussed a possible visit to Russia by Trump. The response from one of the Russians is telling: “As mentioned we are all very excited by the possibility of a good relationship with Mr. Trump.”
After he became an advisor to the Trump campaign, Papadopoulos met with the Russian professor in April at a London hotel. The professor informed him “the Russians had emails of Clinton.” Papadopoulos then told other members of the campaign about his contacts with the Russian, telling them there were some “interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip.”
The timeline of events dovetails with the meeting with Russians held in Trump Tower in June 2016. Although the Trump organization has insisted the meeting had nothing to do with the Clinton emails, the emails released by Donald Trump Jr. illustrated specific intent to gather incriminating information on Hillary Clinton. Whether or not that happened at the meeting is irrelevant. The intent was clear. Later on in the summer, just as Donald Jr. had gleefully stated in his email response, the Wikileaks dump occurred.
The news of the plea by Papadopoulos, although overshadowed by the bombshell of today’s indictments, indicates that Mueller is methodically handpicking who to pressure in order to burrow his way into the inner workings of the Trump campaign apparatus. It is impossible that Donald Trump knew nothing of the events that were occurring in his own campaign. Which makes him a traitor. But if he was that clueless, then he certainly lacked the tools required to be the leader of the free world. No matter how you slice it, today was bad news for Donald Trump – and the news will only continue to get worse.