Defense attorneys for Donald Trump’s onetime campaign aide George Papadopoulos said that the would-be president "nodded with approval" when Papadopoulos suggested he could arrange a meeting between the Republican candidate and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the Associated Press reported.
They say that, eager to show his value to Trump’s campaign, Papadopoulos suggested in March 2016 that he could help facilitate a meeting between Trump and Putin.
Papadopoulos faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $9,500, but prosecutors said in the plea agreement that he was cooperating with the investigation, which could lessen his sentence.
Prosecutors said Papadopoulos told FBI agents he had been in contact with an unnamed foreign professor who claimed Russia had “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before he joined Trump’s campaign in March 2016.
Moscow has repeatedly denied interfering in US elections as such actions would run counter to the principles and practices of Russian foreign policy.