On Saturday, Democratic congressman Ted Lieu of California cautioned that special counsel Robert Mueller “knows far more than people think,” with reference to a new report on the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Pointing to a Saturday New York Times report which stated that former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadapoulos was unknowingly the catalyst for triggering the FBI’s investigation into Russian collusion. By drunkenly telling an Australian diplomat that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, Papadopoulos drew concern and attention that the Trump team most certainly did not want.
“Important story below,” Lieu tweeted. “Keep in mind no one was really aware of George Papadopoulos until his guilty plea was revealed. That tells us Special Counsel Mueller knows far more than people think. And Papadopoulos is cooperating with Mueller. The White House should be scared.”
Important story below. Keep in mind no one was really aware of George Papadopoulos until his guilty plea was revealed. That tells us Special Counsel Mueller knows far more than people think. And Papadopoulos is cooperating with Mueller. The White House should be scared. https://t.co/q4pDlxpRES
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 30, 2017
Mueller has seen Papadopoulos plead guilty to lying to the FBI regarding his exchanges with the Russians throughout the election, which were decidedly aimed at arranging a meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Papadopoulos, according to reports, is now cooperating with special counsel Mueller, who has already indicted three other former Trump campaign members during his investigation.
Lieu, the California lawmaker, is part of the House Judiciary Committee, and has interviewed former Trump campaign associates regarding their knowledge of any communications that were had with Russia.
Lieu has adamantly come to the defense of Robert Mueller’s team, despite relentless and mostly false accusations and criticism from Republicans. The congressman has also expressly warned Trump of the political ramifications that firing the top investigator in the Russian probe will have.