Trump Claims the Liar is Lying When Admitting He Lied

Donald Trump described George Papadopolous as an “excellent guy.”  That was when Trump chose him to serve on his foreign policy advisory council during the campaign. That was a council led by Jeff Sessions. Now that Papadopolous has plead guilty to federal charges involving collusion with Russia, Trump describes Papadopolous as a mere “young, low level volunteer,” whom he claimed “few people knew.”

The crime Papadopoulos plead guilty to was lying to the FBI about being offered “dirt” from the Russian government regarding Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

The frightening thing for Trump is that this “excellent guy” has been cooperating with Mueller since the July arrest of Papadopolous.  Now, in an effort to minimize the involvement of this member of Trump’s foreign policy advisory council, Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo described Papadopoulos as  “a coffee boy” for the campaign.

When asked about a photograph showing Papadopoulos at a meeting with Trump and Sessions, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday dismissed it, saying that “the president has thousands of photographs with millions of people.”   Sanders has had her plate overloaded, trying to distance Trump from Papadopoulos.

According to The Washington Post, Trump was “fuming” and expressing “exasperation and disgust” while watching television reports about the indictments.  Trump then explained that Manafort’s indictment vindicated the Donald because the conspiracy and money laundering charges against Manafort “took place long before he came to the campaign.”

The problem with that excuse is that the indictment, which details how Manafort concealed profits from lobbying for pro-Russia groups, covers activities up to and including this year.  That means after the election of Trump as President.

This paragraph from the FBI’s guilty plea agreement with Papadopoulos is incredible:

“In truth and in fact, however, and as set forth above, defendant PAPADOPOULOS met the Professor for the first time on or about March 14, 2016, after defendant PAPADOPOULOS had already learned he would be a foreign policy advisor for the Campaign; the Professor showed interest in defendant PAPADOPOULOS only after learning of his role on the Campaign; and the Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS about the Russians possessing” dirt” on then-candidate Clinton in late April 2016, more than a month after defendant PAPADOPOULOS had joined the Campaign.”
So, Papadopoulos copped to lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with Russians. In his initial interview in January 2017, Papadopoulos was insistent that he had reached out to his foreign contact “The Professor” (amazing!) before he had formally joined the Trump presidential campaign. He was arrested in July, pleaded guilty in October and appears to have been cooperating in between.
And, most importantly the “Professor” only showed interest in Papadopoulos after it became known that he was employed by the Trump campaign.
“On or about April 26, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS met the Professor for breakfast at a London hotel. During this meeting, the Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that he had just returned from a trip to Moscow where he had met with high-level Russian government officials. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS that on that trip he (the Professor) learned that the Russians had obtained “dirt” on then-candidate Clinton. The Professor told defendant PAPADOPOULOS, as defendant PAPADOPOULOS later described to the FBI, that “They [the Russians] have dirt on her”; “the Russians had emails of Clinton”; “they have thousands of emails.”
George Papadopoulos in an undated photo.
Thus the events involving Papadopoulos implicate Trump.
1. “The Professor” only expressed interest in Papadopoulos after it became clear that he would play a role in the Trump campaign as a foreign policy advisor.
2. Papadopoulos lied about the timing of his interactions with “The Professor.” Those lies were aimed at suggesting the interactions came beforePapadopoulos was an adviser to the Trump campaign. But, in fact, those interactions were because Papadopoulos worked for Trump, not in spite of them
3. Papadopoulos’ interactions with “The Professor” were driven by the promise of “dirt” on Clinton in the from of “thousands of emails” regarding Clinton.
4. Papadopoulos seems to have been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation since July.
It seems that it is only a matter of time before Trump is directly implicated. With the indictment of Manafort and Gates it appears that Robert Mueller has opened a far more promising line of inquiry than mere collusion, into the reasons why the U.S. political establishment is broken — on both the Republican and the Democratic side. Our broken system allows foreign countries to hire high-powered Washington firms and pay them top dollar.  They are well-known for their high levels of corruption. Azerbaijan ranks 123 on Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index; Russia and Kazakhstan rank 131; Uzbekistan 156.  Both government and private entities with government connections in these countries have things to spin and things to cover up. They pay extremely generously for the work, as the indictment shows. It says Manafort and Gates made more than $75 million working for Yanukovych and his Party of Regions between “at least 2006 and 2015.”
I have a new hero:
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5 thoughts on “Trump Claims the Liar is Lying When Admitting He Lied

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  1. Wow!! Just when you think this whole mess can not get any worse – – it does. The Trump administration is truly the most inept and corrupt in the history of our wonderful country.


  2. Trump’s base erroneously believes in salvation. That is the vehicle of ignorance that drove our 45th to office. And no one can be made to pick up any other impulse. So, no matter what becomes of this investigation, it changes nothing with them. The erroneous static concretization of fundamentalism turns the non-physical into little more than a giant misunderstood history lesson, leaving those confused and hostile, because they believe that power is historical, later, and elsewhere – when its been inside us all along. That is the message behind The Crucifiction. All they misunderstood it, and refuse to see it.


    1. PS. The term Fundamentalism, above and here, refers to its true meaning of “literal”.
      And so, The Virgin Birth has nothing to do with biology, and The Promised Land has nothing to do with real estate. These, too, are metaphors, mythological symbols which have been passed on misinterpretted, not literal/fundamental.

      We speak of Sarah and Donald as acting defensive and threatened.

      Similarly, where a separate god by design creates a vacuum filled with a world of sinners, and introduces a solution of salvation – by golly – they’ve got something to sell!!!!!!!

      At all cost – and for their very lives – they will preserve it and DEFEND it, even if its a lie.

      Betsy Devos, as example, is little more than an insurance policy for the ignorance.

      Art itself is not fundamental, but metaphorical, the crafts of reaching for translation and expression of the transcendent.

      Crucifixion = Metaphor.
      If the metaphor closes in on itself and says, “I’m it, the reference is to me or to this event,” then it has closed the transcendence; it is no longer mythological. It’s distortion. It’s pathological.


  3. I’m with Salami on the ignorance issue. We get constant Tweets and statement that show we have an administration that is clueless about government and law. The terms “under oath”and “perjury” might as well be breakfast cereals to them. we just had the liar in chief failing to pronounce a term, written out for him, as he claimed to be against it from day one.

    Covfefe diversary will be served on the balcony after dinner.


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