Fmr. Asst. US Attorney: Biggest Takeaway From Indictments Is Papadopoulos Plea


PART OF AN OVERALL STRATEGY THE FACT THAT PAPADOPOULOS PLED GUILTY

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THAT GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS WAS NOT A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE CAMPAIGN THEY DESCRIBED HIS ROLE AS LIMITED, BUT HE WAS A VOLUNTEER THIS PICTURE FROM THE PRESIDENT'S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FROM MARCH 2016 SHOWS HIM SITTING AT THE TABLE WITH THE PRESIDENT YOU CAN SEE HE IS TITLED THE PICTURE IS TITLED NATIONAL SECURITY MEETING AND THAT IS PAPADOPOULOS IN THE CENTER LEFT OTHER PICTURE WE ARE JOINED BY DAVID WEINSTEIN

BASED ON WHAT WE LEARNED TODAY, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TAKE AWAY PAPADOPOULOS' ME AND HIS INFORMATION HE IS COOPERATING AND HAS BEEN SINCE EARLY IN THIS YEAR THAT IS ASSURE SIGNAL THAT HE IS THE FIRST ONE WHO PROVIDED INSIDE INFORMATION TO THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR SO TAY COULD BUILD THEIR INVESTIGATION HIS COOPERATION SIGNALS THAT THERE IS A CASE THERE AND IT IS GOING TO GO FORWARD

COOPERATION MEANING THAT HE IS GIVING THEM INFORMATION AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS? I READ MAYBE HE WAS WEARING A WIRE FOR PROSECUTORS TO GET MORE INFORMATION FOR THEM IF YOU READ IN THE FACTUAL STATEMENT IT SAYS HE CAME IN IN JANUARY TO GIVE HIS STATEMENT HE CAME BACK IN FEBRUARY AND IF YOU READ ALONG, HE WOULD DE ACTIVATED HIS FACEBOOK ACCOUNT AND HE MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN EITHER WEARING A WIRE OR GETTING COMMUNICATIONS OVER FACEBOOK THAT THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WILL USE AS THEY GO FORWARD AND THE WHITE HOUSE DISTANCES THEMSELVES FROM ALL THREE MEN THEY NEED TO PROVE IT WAS NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT BY THE WHITE HOUSE DISTANCING THEMSELVES AT LEAST FROM PAPADOPOULOS SAYING HE WAS A VOLUNTEER AND NOT PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, THEY ARE STARTING TO PUT THAT WALL UP TO SAY HE WAS ACTING ON HIS OWN

A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE DO THINGS SO THEY CAN BE PART OF THE INNER SANG TUM SO IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THE WHITE HOUSE IS CLAIMING THAT IS WHAT HE WAS DOING BUT IT DOESN'T READ THAT WAY FROM THE INFORMATION IN THOSE FACTS HE DID WHAT HE DID AT THE BEQUEST OF THE CAMPAIGN THERE ARE OTHER CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS THAT ARE MENTIONED IN HIS STATEMENT OF FACT, NOT MEANS SPECIFICALLY BUT BY LOOKING THROUGH IT, VERY WELL COULD BE PAUL MANAFORT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT DO YOU SAY THE INDICTMENT OF PAUL MANAFORT AS A TOOL? THAT IS ALL THAT IT IS THAT IS THE ONE TRUE STATEMENT OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE PAUL MANAFORT OR GATE'S IT IS A MESSAGE AND NOT SO SUBTLE MESSAGE FROM THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR WHEN HE FIRST MET WITH EVERYBODY IN JANUARY, HE SAID I'M INVESTIGATING THIS AND I INTEND TO BRING CHARGES WELL HE BROUGHT THOSE CHARGES THEY WERE THOUGHTS JUST NECESSARILY THE COLLUSION CHARGES

PAUL MANAFORT AND GATES HAVE BEEN INDICTED THEY WILL EVENTUALLY BE APPROACHED AGAIN AND THEY WILL SAY WE TOLD YOU WE WERE GOING TO INDICT YOU WE WILL UNLOAD THE REST ON YOU WHICH MAY INCLUDE OTHER ALLEGATIONS WITH PAPADOPOULOS HE CAME IN, HE COOPERATED HE IS LOOKING AT PROBATION

HIS GUIDELINE RANGE IS 0 TO 4 MONTHS HE IS NOT GOING TO JAIL AT ANYTIME IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE IF AT ALL WE WANT TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE ONE OF THE ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING THE PRESIDENT APPEARED ON CNN EARLIER TODAY WE WANT TO LISTEN AND THEN GET YOUR REACTION ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT HE IS FULLY COOPERATING NOW AND OVER THE COURSE OF THESE PAST FEW MONTHS, HE MAY HAVE IMPLICATED OTHERS? NO, I'M NOT CONCERNED

WE'RE– I'M CONVINCED SINCE THE OUTSET THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE KNOW RUSSIAN COLLUSION, THERE IS NO OBSTRUCTION I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT IT WE'RE DOING OUR JOB AND HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE AS FAR AS INFORMATION GOES I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AT ALL AND NO ONE ELSE IS EITHER SO WHAT ABOUT PAPADOPOULOS' COOPERATION AND THE PRESIDENT IS NOT CONCERNED

SHOULD THEY? YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE UNKNOWN YOU DON'T WANT TO ASK A QUESTION YOU DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THEY DON'T KNOW WHO EXACTLY HE HAS SPOKEN TO THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT CONVERSATIONS HE HAS HAD THEY ONLY KNOW WHAT THEIR CLIENT TELLS THEM AND IF THEIR CLIENT IS TELLING THEM, I NEVER TALKED TO HIM AFTER SUCH AND SUCH A DATE, I NEVER HAD ANY CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM ON SUCH AND SUCH A DATE, THE THEN THE LAWYER CAN ONLY FEEDBACK ON WHAT THEY ARE GETTING BUT HE HAS TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT PAPADOPOULOS HAS SAID, WHAT OTHER EVIDENCE THEY HAVE, AND WHAT OTHER INFORMATION THEY CAN USE TO GET TO WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THE TOP STEP OF THIS INDICTMENT

AND THESE ARE ONLY THE THREE PEOPLE WE'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW THERE IS A LOT OF INVESTIGATION GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES AND PAPADOPOULOS WASN'T ON ANYBODY'S RADAR PAUL MANAFORT WAS BUT PAPADOPOULOS, THAT WASN'T AN EXPECTED INDICTMENT HOWEVER BECAUSE OF THE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS ON SOME OF THE MARRIAGE WEST CHARGES CONTAINED, TODAY WAS THE OUTING DAY, THE DAY THE CHARGES WERE COMING OUT AND AS LONG AS THEY ARE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL SEND THAT MESSAGE ACROSS THE BOW TO PAUL MANAFORT AND GATES WHICH IS WE HAVE PAPADOPOULOS IN OUR POCKET AND BY THE WAY, HE HAS BEEN COOPERATING SO YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD A CONVERSATION YOU HAD WITH HIM AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YEAH SAID AND WHEN YOU SAID IT

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