Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is now under a new investigation after a recent revelation revealed that he contacted Russia officials after the 2016 election in an attempt to “set himself up for life” financially. Investigators want to know what those dealings were about and if Trump kept Papadopoulos around because of his insights with Russia.
According to Atlantic reporter Natasha Bertrand, Papadopoulos, who announced an intention to run for Congress in 2020, contacted Russian officials shortly after the 2016 election.
Bertrand obtained a letter detailing the former Trump campaign official’s contacts.
“This was written by a former confidant of George Papadopoulos who has come forward to the House Intelligence Committee and to the FBI,” Bertrand told MSNBC, “to say she has information about his alleged interactions after the election that may have had ties to Russian officials and he was trying to do some big business deal that would, quote-unquote, set himself up for life.”
Bertrand and investigative reporter Scott Stedman said investigators want to interview the letter’s author about those claims.
“They want to understand whether or not George Papadopoulos’ ties to Russia are deeper than previously understood,” she said. “Of course, he’s a central figure in the Russian investigation.”
“He was the one who essential sparked the entire Russia investigation, according to reporting we have seen,” Bertrand said. “His conversations about learning of the Clinton emails that the Russians apparently had in April of 2016 are what prompted the entire FBI probe to begin with.”
Bertrand then noted that investigators are looking into whether Papadopoulos told the campaign about his possible post-election business dealings with Russia and whether Trump kept him in his orbit because of those connections.