George Papadopoulos and the Russia case: A timeline
Oct 30, 2017 | 1:00 PM
George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials in connection with his work for the campaign. The following is a timeline of key events in the case, drawn from court filings and Times reporting.
Papadopoulos is named foreign policy advisor
George Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old former researcher at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank, learns he will be a foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump’s campaign, which he is told is seeking improved relations with Russia.
Traveling in Italy, Papadopoulos meets an unidentified “professor based in London,” who claims to have substantial connections with Russian government officials.
Hackers, later identified as being connected to Russian intelligence agencies, use a phishing scam to steal emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
The Trump campaign tells the Washington Post that Papadopoulos is one of Trump’s five foreign policy advisors.
Papadopoulos meets in London with the professor, who brings a “female Russian national,” introduced inaccurately as a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They tell Papadopoulos they want to arrange a meeting for Trump and his campaign with “the Russian leadership.” A Trump campaign supervisor tells Papadopoulos not to commit to a meeting. “Great work,” the supervisor adds.
Trump meets in Washington with national security advisors, including Papadopoulos, who tells the group he has Russian connections who can arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin. In the image, Papadopoulos is third from left.
The professor introduces Papadopoulos by email to an unidentified individual in Moscow with “connection to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” They have multiple conversations on Skype and email about a possible meeting between the campaign and Russian officials.
“Dirt” on Hillary Clinton
Papadopoulos has breakfast in London with the professor, who says he has just returned from meetings in Moscow with Russian officials who claim to have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and “thousands” of her emails.
Papadopoulos emails a “high-ranking” Trump campaign official that Putin wants to invite “Trump and his campaign team” to Moscow “when the time is right.”
Foreign policy speech
Trump gives foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is in the audience and chats with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who is serving as a senior foreign policy advisor to the campaign.
Russia eager to meet Trump
Papadopoulos tells a “high-ranking” Trump campaign official that “Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss.”
Meeting with Russian lawyer
Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner meet with a Russian lawyer and others at Trump Tower in Manhattan after being told that the lawyer worked with the Russian government and had damaging information about Clinton. Trump Jr. later said the information was insignificant.
Offer to visit Moscow
Papadopoulos offers to make an “off-the-record” trip to Moscow if Trump can’t go.
Campaign officials say no Trump visit to Russia
In emails, Trump campaign officials discuss the overture, noting that Trump “is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”
Campaign encourages Papadopoulos to visit Russia ‘if feasible’
A Trump campaign supervisor tells Papadopoulos: “I would encourage you” to make the trip “if it is feasible.” The trip never occurs.
FBI agents, investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, interview Michael Flynn, then the White House national security advisor.
Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, goes to the White House to warn officials that Flynn has lied about contacts he had with the Russian ambassador and could be vulnerable to blackmail.
Papadopoulos speaks to the FBI
FBI agents interview Papadopoulos. He falsely tells them that his contacts with the professor and other Russians occurred before he joined the Trump campaign. “I wasn’t even on the Trump team,” he says. He also minimizes his contacts with the professor and other Russians.
Michael Flynn resigns.
Papadopoulos is arrested at Dulles Airport outside Washington. He later agrees to cooperate with the FBI.
Papadopoulos pleads guilty to making false statements to the FBI.
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