In an interview on Sunday with ABC’s This Week, former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos said that the campaign was “fully aware” that he was trying to set up a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I actively sought to leverage my contacts with the professor to his this meeting. The campaign was fully aware of what I was doing, including Corey Lewandowski and Sam Clovis,” Papadopoulos said, referencing professor Joseph Mifsud, who is suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence.
According to Papadopoulos, Trump was “open to this idea [of meeting Putin] and he deferred, of course, to then-senior Sen. Jeff Sessions, who I remember being quite enthusiastic.” If Papadopoulos’ claims are true, then Jeff Sessions perjured himself when he claimed that he “pushed back” at Papadopoulos’ attempts while testifying to Congress under oath.
Trump’s campaign have sought to distance themselves from Papadopoulos, calling him a “coffee boy” and diminishing his role.