On Friday, Donald Trump’s endless denials that there was no collusion (i.e. a conspiracy) between his 2016 campaign and Russia crashed and burned with a court filing made by attorneys for Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.
In the documents filed by lawyers representing Papadopoulos, there’s a few intriguing lines which completely lay waste to both Trump and Jeff Sessions’ reiterations that they had no idea anyone in the campaign was reaching out to Russia for assistance. The Washington Post reports:
“Papadopoulos’s lawyers argued that he has volunteered information in an effort to help — such as describing a March 31, 2016, meeting he attended with Trump and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions where Papadopoulos announced soon after introducing himself that he could get Trump a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“For the first time, Papadopoulos’s lawyers revealed that the young adviser felt encouraged by Trump to continue those efforts, writing in the court filing that ‘Mr. Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions, who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it.'”
But when Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee in November 2017, he didn’t exactly recall things the same way as Papadopoulos:
“Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee in November 2017 that he remembered offering ‘pushback’ when Papadopoulos raised the idea, suggesting he had shut down the young adviser’s proposal for a Trump-Putin meeting.”
In other words, it sounds like Sessions committed perjury. Then again, he was probably doing so at the behest of Trump, who recently posted this on Twitter:
Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position. Highly conflicted Bob Mueller and his gang of 17 Angry Dems are having a field day as real corruption goes untouched. No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2018
If nodding your head when a campaign aide mentions setting up a meeting with Vladimir Putin isn’t agreeing to collude/conspire with Russia, then what exactly is?
So, with one seemingly insignificant court filing, we now know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller does indeed have an eyewitness who can confirm that both Trump and Sessions raised no objections to setting up a one-on-one meeting with Putin. And that is the very definition of treason.