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Papadopoulos 'Unprofessional,' Didn't Deliver, Russian Says

Papadopoulos 'Unprofessional,' Didn't Deliver, Russian Says

By    |   Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:02 PM

A Russian who was in touch with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos in 2016 said he was willing to open doors for the campaign and broker meetings with Russian officials — but the "unprofessional" aide never followed through, CNN reported.

"We did not close the door to the guy, but we did not take it seriously," Russian foreign policy analyst Ivan Timofeev said earlier this year, CNN reported. "He was very enthusiastic. He was very interested in Russia and improving relations, but he seemed to be so unprofessional and so unprepared for a serious conversation."

Timofeev was stopped at a U.S. airport last year and questioned by investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, CNN reported, citing two unnamed sources.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last October to lying to the FBI about his contact with Timofeev and others, and is now cooperating with Mueller as he awaits sentencing.

According to CNN, Papadopoulos was introduced to Timofeev by Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor with Kremlin ties, in spring 2016. A week later, Mifsud met Papadopoulos in London and mentioned the Russians had dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails," according to court filings, CNN reported.

Timofeev is described in court filings as "Russian MFA Connection," a reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which co-founded the Moscow-based think tank where Timofeev serves as program director. Timofeev told CNN he was the Russian man mentioned in the court filings.

"My request to the guy was that this might work – why not? – but please provide us a formal request . . . explaining your goal, your vision and your agenda of the meeting, or the visit," Timofeev said, CNN reported. "Who would come? What should be the discussion? What topics should be discussed? We failed to get that. They never sent that. Never."

CNN reported, citing court filings, that Papadopoulos and Timofeev talked over email, Skype and Facebook between April and July 2016. Timofeev said that at one point, Papadopoulos sent a video of a Trump speech and said it "should be the basis for our talks." 

Timofeev told CNN he laughed off the suggestion.

Eventually, Timofeev told CNN, Papadopoulos said "the campaign is not going to come, I think they are not interested." At that point, Papadopoulos pitched himself for the trip, Timofeev said.

Contact between Papadopoulos and Timofeev became sporadic, Timofeev told CNN. Papadopoulos' trip to Russia never happened.

A lawyer for Papadopoulos declined to comment. His wife, Simona Mangiante, told CNN, "All I can say is that George's expertise was focused in the Middle East. He had no contacts in Russia whatsoever."

Timofeev denies colluding with any Americans on the U.S. presidential election. 

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