George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification Republicans plow ahead with Russia origins probe AG Barr just signaled that things are about to get ugly for the Russia collusion team MORE, a former Trump campaign policy aide, told Politico Wednesday that he is willing to testify before Congress.
“I don’t have an issue as long as my lawyers are fine,” he said.
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Papadopoulos’ overseas activities were the initial trigger for the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
When the FBI cited Papadopoulos’ involvement with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer when it opened the probe in Aug. 2016.
Papadopoulos reportedly told Downer he had been informed Russians had obtained thousands of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE’s emails by Joseph Mifsud, a professor with ties to the country. Whether Papadopoulos shared this information with the Trump campaign remains a mystery.
Papadopoulos’ statement comes after he was sentenced to two weeks in jail for lying to the FBI about foreign interactions on Sep. 7.
Papadopoulos has gone on the offensive since then, suggesting Western intelligence officials set him up to incriminate Trump’s campaign. According to Politico, he gone as far as to say that he is interested in testifying about these claims to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.
Senator Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerVirginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests Trump asserts his power over Republicans Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (D), Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters Wednesday that his committee has not made progress on bringing on Papadopolous to testify.
“The Chairman and I have both indicated that it would be very useful for Papadopolous to testify before the committee, he had put forward some documents, but we have not had an attempt to question him in person,” Warner said.
Jacqueline Thompson contributed reporting.