How Trump’s former campaign adviser’s drunken night sparked the Russia investigation (w/ video)

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Thanks to George Papadopoulos, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, the Russia meddling investigation was sparked. This happened after he drunkenly revealed that the Russians had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. 

The incident happened in May 2016 when Papadopoulos was drinking at the Kensington Wine Rooms in London with Alexander Downer, Australia’s top diplomat in Britain.

Papadopoulos reportedly told Downer that Russia had thousands of emails regarding Clinton.

It is unclear how much information Papadopoulos shared with Downer. 

After WikiLeaks revealed the hacked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, the Australian officials informed their US counterparts of the information that was given to them by Papadopoulos. According to the report, there were four current and former officials who had direct knowledge of the situation.

The information that was handed over “were driving factors that led the FBI to open an investigation in July 2016.”

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The new intelligence added more pieces of information that raised concerns.

In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI about his contacts with the Russians.

The White House has tried to downplay Papadopoulos’ role. However, Papadopoulos reportedly helped set up a meeting with Trump and the Egyptian president. He also helped with Trump’s first major foreign policy speech.

Papadopoulos’ lawyers have not yet responded to the matter.

Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer has declined to comment stating, “Out of respect for the Special Counsel and his process, we are not commenting on matters such as this.”

Cobb continued, “We are continuing to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel in order to help complete their inquiry expeditiously.”

So far in the investigation, four Trump associates including Papadopoulos has been charged.

You can watch a video about it below:


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