"Writing to the Russian contact a week before the Republican National Convention, Papadopoulos proposed a meeting for August or September in the United Kingdom that would include "my national chairman and maybe one other foreign policy adviser" and members of Putin's office and Russia's foreign ministry", the filings said.
Papadopoulos continued to push a meeting with the Russians, and he sent multiple emails to other members of the campaign foreign policy team about his contact with "the Russians" and "outreach to Russia", according to the statement.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders termed Papadopoulos' role with the campaign as "extremely limited".
This official said Papadopoulos exchanged emails "constantly" on foreign policy matters with the Trump team during the campaign. Papadopoulos told the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents, that in a national security meeting attended by Trump and campaign advisers, he "in sum and substance" said that "he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin".
"Were you guys on e-mail chains together, you and Papadopoulos?"
That was welcomed in Russia, where officials are watching the investigation closely since public evidence of Russian meddling, something that has not so far been presented, would be sure to translate into tougher USA sanctions against Moscow.
A lawyer representing Clovis confirmed in a statement that he was the person, identified as the "Campaign Supervisor" in court papers, who brought Papadopoulos onto an advisory committee on national security.
Papadopoulos, of Novi, has the misfortune of a distinctive name that's shared with a former adviser of President Donald Trump.
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They say a professor told Papadopoulos in April 2016 that the Russians had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the form of emails.
Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas M. Breen, based in Chicago, declined to comment on the guilty plea but noted that "we will have the opportunity to comment on George's involvement when called upon by the court at a later date".
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The campaign officials aren't named in the document, but Paul Manafort was campaign chairman at the time, and Clovis was in place as national co-chairman.
The idea was raised by George Papadopoulos as he introduced himself at a March 2016 meeting of the Republican candidate's foreign policy advisers, according to a court filing. 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.
In a footnote, the statement notes that the email was forwarded between campaign officials and who wrote they should discuss: "We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips".
So I was totally separate from the campaign.