Why George Papadopoulos is Trump’s New Nightmare

by Steven Harper – It’s not the indictment of his former campaign manager that Trump should worry about. It’s what we’re learning about his little-known foreign policy aide, George Papadopoulos. In isolation, George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea rebuts the claim that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is a “hoax.” In context, Papadopoulos’ confession fits into a bigger picture. Increasingly, it appears that Putin expected a Trump administration to soften US policy toward Russia and even eliminate debilitating sanctions imposed after its incursion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. Roll the tape: On March 6, 2016, only three other Republican presidential contenders (Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)) remained when Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis told 28-year-old George Papadopoulos that he would be joining the campaign as a foreign policy adviser. Clovis also told Papadopoulos that a principal foreign policy focus would be improved relations with Russia. On March 14,...

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