RUSSIA INVESTIGATION - Identity of Papadopoulos contacts confirmed

Reports: Iowa's Clovis urged Trump foreign policy adviser to meet with Russians

Clovis, in a statement, told Bloomberg that Papadopoulos was acting on his own and that the campaign had a strict rule against traveling overseas and claiming to speak on behalf of the campaign. Two of the unnamed campaign officials referenced are in fact former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.

Emails obtained by the AP show that George Papadopoulos' conversations, cited in court papers, were with Joseph Mifsud and Ivan Timofeev.

Asked again later on in the interview, Page said that he was "perhaps, yeah" on email threads with Papadopoulos and that Russian Federation "may have come up".

The Associated Press has confirmed the identities of two foreign nationals at the center of contacts between Russian Federation and a former adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign.

Toensing said Clovis was "being polite" when he encouraged Papadopoulos to meet with Russian officials in August, adding that the campaign had a "strict rule that no person could travel overseas as a representative of the campaign", the Washington Post reported.

"He didn't say yes and he didn't say no", the official said, declining to be more specific about Trump's response to Papadopoulos.

That's a hard claim to swallow, since Papadopoulos was in regular contact with top campaign officials and met with a number of foreign officials as a Trump surrogate.

He was named along with retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, former Bush administration inspector general Joseph Schmitz, global affairs professor Walid Phares and energy executive Carter Page, whose ties to Russian interests have also been scrutinized by congressional inquiries.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that the President does not recall specifics of the meeting and that the foreign policy group that Papadopoulos was a part of only met once. During a six-month period ending August 15, Papadopoulos met, telephoned, Skyped or emailed his three foreign contacts or five different Trump campaign officials a total of 29 times.




That might come as a surprise to candidate Donald Trump, who in a March 2016 meeting with the editorial board of the Washington Post highlighted George Papadopoulos' role in his campaign.

No one knows how he feels about the confusion beyond the Tweet because Papadopoulos says he's visiting Greece and has limited access to connectivity.

Court papers unsealed Monday revealed an indictment against Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a guilty plea by another adviser, who admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with Russian intermediaries.

A former Trump campaign official said Papadopoulos interacted with the campaign "a significant amount" during the 2016 election cycle.

Papadopoulos, who was based in London at the time, did not attend them all, but he did attend a dinner meeting of the advisers in late June at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, along with 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".

A separate foreign policy official for the campaign said Papadopoulos "obviously went to great lengths" to go around Trump's national security team, which was led by Sen. "It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal".

Trump had tweeted similar sentiments after the Manafort and Gates indictments were announced, but he had not commented since the Papadopoulos plea was made public.

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