Did George Papadopoulos wear a wire?
On Monday, the former Trump campaign foreign-policy aide pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. Papadopoulos had been offered “dirt” on Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from an unnamed professor believed to have Russian connections, and sought to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although both efforts were unsuccessful, they represent the second alleged offer of Russian assistance to Trump officials—the first being Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower with individuals he believed were linked to Moscow and had derogatory information on Clinton.
The special counsel investigation is being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The inquiry is examining potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in what American intelligence agencies have said was an attempt by the Kremlin to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. The special counsel is also reportedly looking into whether the president himself sought to obstruct the investigation.