“…Significantly, Papadopolous is now a cooperating witness, which raises the crucial question of how significant his role was within Trumpworld, and what sort of evidence he may be able to offer Mueller. In essence, who was this guy? A low-level player with little juice, desperate to make a splash (it’s reading that way to some impartial observers)?
Or a quasi-sanctioned conduit between Trump’s senior orbit and the Kremlin? Papadopolous’ guilty plea doesn’t come out of nowhere, mind you; we’ve known his name for months. After he was arrested over the summer, the Washington Post reported that based on a review of documents, the young aide “appeared to hold little sway within the campaign.” We also wrote aboutPapadopolous’ apparent efforts to broker meetings in Russia for Trump and top campaign officials — which were met with concern and resistance, then rebuffed…”