Devin Nunes Says George Papadopoulos Never Met Trump. Twitter Responds With This Photo
During an interview with “Fox And Friends” on Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) insisted Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos never met the president — but the internet quickly smacked down his absurd claim.
Nunes’s bold claim came as he tried to walk back unintentionally damaging evidence from a memo issued by his office about the special counsel probe in which Papadopoulos pleaded guilty.
“If Papadopoulos was such a major figure, you had nothing on him, you know, the guy lied,” Nunes told Fox News. “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who — never even had met with the president.”
Nunes also downplayed the drunken boast by Papadopoulos that triggered the FBI investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia.
“Look, getting drunk in London and talking to diplomats, saying that you don’t like Hillary Clinton — I think it’s kind of scary that our intelligence agencies would take that and use it against [an] American citizen,” Nunes said.
However, the former foreign policy adviser was photographed during a campaign meeting with Trump and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). This fact that was quickly pointed out by former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who triggered an avalanche of responses on Twitter:
“This man @DevinNunes is the chair of the Intelligence Committee,” Bharara tweeted. “There is literally a picture of Papadopoulous meeting with the President. As far as we can tell, Nunes is not good at his job.”
This man @DevinNunes is the chair of the Intelligence Committee. There is literally a picture of Papadopoulous meeting with the President. As far as we can tell, Nunes is not good at his job. https://t.co/MDFkvxJ39u
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) February 5, 2018
Here are some other responses:
You mean this picture— pic.twitter.com/DOF6bsssLQ
— StellaJ💕💃🏾💋 (@saints618) February 5, 2018
Stella…shame on you…You know very well that Trump will totally deny that that is Papadopoulous in this picture….just ask him…Believe Me…. pic.twitter.com/x4hdaz7csD
— PoppaBlu (@poppa_blu) February 5, 2018
Remember; He was just the coffee boy. 🙄
— PersistentNastyWoman #BlueWave (@JoanPeaceLocke) February 5, 2018
.@DevinNunes: "As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos had never even met with the President,”
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) February 5, 2018
Ironically, that committee would find itself entirely competent. The Nunes paradox. 🤦🏼♂️
— Lucky Dog Hot Sauce (@luckydoghot) February 5, 2018
This picture was literally published on the Trump campaign's Instagram account. pic.twitter.com/k6e3E3aZm9
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 5, 2018
— Roses are Red (@RoseanneAre) February 5, 2018
Innocent men don't plead guilty. pic.twitter.com/x6JtcmtIup
— The Sports Whisperer (@MonteAJP23) February 5, 2018
Fox enables all of this absurdity.
— This Is Not Normal (@NetworkJunkyz) February 5, 2018
Nunes is complicit in treason and obstruction of justice your test is weak sauce.
— DonaldTrumpIsARacist (@Maggyw519) February 5, 2018