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Papadopoulos Sought Clinton Emails Early

11/1/17
from The Wall Street Journal,
11/1/17:

Former Trump campaign adviser was apparently among the first people to get a hint that Russians sought to steal emails.

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was discussing the possibility of acquiring stolen emails from Russian contacts well before the public was aware that Democratic Party systems had been hacked, his plea deal with the government indicates. That disclosure, combined with press accounts and statements from current and former U.S. officials, suggests Trump campaign supporters were engaged in multiple lines of effort in the spring and summer of 2016 to obtain “dirt” about then-candidate Donald Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, including emails that Russian hackers claimed to have obtained about her. White House special counsel Ty Cobb said Tuesday that Mr. Papadopoulos’s role in the campaign, and his outreach efforts to Russia described in his plea agreement, were greatly exaggerated. “The press can hyperventilate all it wants with regard to Papadopoulos, and they’ve turned him into everything but Batman,” Mr. Cobb said. “But at the end of the day, he’s going to be as memorable as Mr. Papagiorgio from [the 1997 movie] ‘Vegas Vacation.’” President Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, an assertion he repeated Tuesday. The president also minimized Mr. Papadopoulos’s role in his campaign, saying in a tweet, “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.”

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