House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the author of a newly declassified document falsely insinuating the FBI abused US surveillance law to go after President Trump under the pretext of investigating Russia, claimed during an interview on “Fox & Friends” that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos “never even had met” with President Trump “as far as we can tell.”
“If Papadopoulos was such a major figure, you had nothing on him, you know, the guy lied,” Nunes said. “As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who — never even had met with the president.”
This is a blatant lie. We know it’s not true because there is a photograph of Papadopoulos and then-candidate Trump together taken during a March 2016 meeting of Trump’s foreign policy advisory staff.
The photo, which was released by the Trump campaign on social media, also shows then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sitting at opposite heads of a table from Trump.
Nunes’s own memo names Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI, as the individual who “triggered” the FBI’s opening of a counterintelligence probe in July of 2016.
“Look, getting drunk in London and talking to diplomats, saying that you don’t like Hillary Clinton — I think it’s kind of scary that our intelligence agencies would take that and use it against [an] American citizen,” Nunes added during his interview with “Fox & Friends.”
NUNES downplays PAPADOPOULOS' role in Trump campaign, claims he shouldn't have been investigated for drunkenly bragging about Russia having dirt on Clinton.
"As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who Trump wa– never even met with the president." pic.twitter.com/NgMdzdXVPM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 5, 2018