Papadopoulos Gave Mueller Four People To Be Investigated As Part Of Plea Deal: Report
Former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos, who last month pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian operatives on behalf of the Trump campaign, gave special counsel Robert Mueller the names of four people who may now be under investigation — or cooperating with the FBI– as part of his guilty plea, ex-U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said.
Appearing on MSNBC, a former U.S. attorney said that it appears that
Speaking with host Alex Witt, ex-U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said the former “Papadopoulos may be a ‘small fish’ in Trump’s world he wouldn’t have received the plea deal his lawyers got from Mueller without giving up valuable information — including names linked to Trump,” McQuade told MSNBC host Alex Witt during an interview Saturday.
“He is now cooperating with Mueller’s probe,” Witt said. “It’s part of his plea deal. Is it likely at this point that Mueller has gathered a lot more information from Papadopoulos than we are aware of at this point?”
“I think that’s highly likely,” she explained before adding: “I know that President Trump and others want to minimize his role in the campaign, and no doubt he is a small fish — that’s how the strategy typically works. But what we can safely conclude is that Mueller’s team gave him a plea deal, and they would only do that because they believed they were receiving something of value that could be information about others.”
“If you look at that statement of the offense that was filed in connection with the plea agreement, he identifies four other officials with whom he communicated about this, but not by name but by title,” she highlighted. ” He, I’m sure, told the team who those people were, and those people are now either subjects of interview or subjects of the investigation.”
“In addition, I think it’s quite possible — and Robert Mueller said this in his motion to seal the documents — they wanted to explore proactive cooperation,” she continued. “That typically means that the person will wear a wire in conversations with other people in hopes of collecting information or recording phone calls. So it may be that any of those things have panned out and Robert Mueller has already gained that information.”
Watch the interview below via MSNBC: