Devin Nunes: Trump never met with Papadopoulos

George Papadopoulos President Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions sitting at the table together talking about Russia

A photo from a March 2016 meeting showed Papadopoulos sitting with Trump, then-Senator Jeff Sessions and other campaign officials.

Trump himself described Papadopoulos as an "excellent guy" when he announced the members of his foreign policy team to The Washington Post, also in March 2016.

According to Papadopoulos' guilty plea for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during that meeting, he told the group - including Trump - that he had ongoing communications with Russians that would allow him to facilitate a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Still, despite Nunes' effort to downplay Papadopolous' influence, The Hill has reported on two occasions that the former adviser both edited foreign policy speeches for the president and even arranged meetings on his behalf with foreign leaders. He stated that George Papadopoulous, a former national security advisor to the Trump presidential campaign, never met with Trump when he was a candidate.

Nunes said, "So far we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew, never met with the president". There is photographic evidence proving otherwise.

Papadopolous triggered the FBI's probe of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, thanks to a drunken conversation with an Australian diplomat in which he touted Russia's hacking efforts against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Nunes continued: "As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos had never even met with the president". Nunes description of Papadopolous' comments have no connection to reality.

Nunes spearheaded the effort to publicly release a memo meant to suggest that the FBI's investigation was rooted in anti-Trump bias.

That drunken confession undercuts the central thrust of the Nunes memo because the Federal Bureau of Investigation was alarmed about Trump's possible ties to Russian Federation long before it started surveilling Carter Page, the former Trump adviser Nunes claims was surveilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under false pretenses.

Ironically, however, the last footnote of the memo indicates that the FBI's investigation began with Papadopoulos, not Page.

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