Was George Papadopoulos just a ‘volunteer’? We review the evidence

President Donald Trump and prominent allies have repeatedly referred to former campaign aide George Papadopoulos as a mere "volunteer" after news broke that he had pled guilty to lying to the FBI in its Russia investigation. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated the word "volunteer" no fewer than 10 times as reporters asked about Papadopoulos — namely, his efforts to put Russian entities in touch with the campaign uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Papadopoulos’ role with the campaign’s foreign policy team "was extremely limited, it was a volunteer position," she said, adding he was a "member of a volunteer … >>More
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