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   Senate Intelligence Report IIIE4xii-5 - George Papadopoulos - Foreign Governments Engagement and Counterintelligence Concerns

xiii. Papadopoulos 's Interactions with Sergei Millian

Sergei Millian, the President of the RACC, initially reached out to Papadopoulos via Lindedin on July 15, 2016.
His message to Papadopoulos stated that he had." insider knowledge and direct access to the top hierarchy in Russian politics( president circle, ministers, governors level).'' Because both Sergei Millian and Papadopoulos refused to participate in an interview with the Committee, there is scant information on how the two men connected or the scope of their interactions. However, by August 5, 2016, Papadopoulos had sent an email to Anthony Livanios, the CEO of U.S. Energy Stream, and copied Millian, proposing to Livanios that they have a Skype call with Papadopoulos 's" friend,'' Sergei Millian. The committee does not know whether the call took place.

On August 8, 2016, Millian sent Papadopoulos an agenda and details of an energy- sector conference in Moscow.
In the message he wrote," I would need your bio as the conference organizers requested it.'' Less than one hour later, Papadopoulos wrote," Thanks my friend. Let me talk to the campaign and get back to you tomorrow.''

After the presumed Skype call with Millian and Livanios, Millian sent an email message to Papadopoulos on August 9, 2016, in which he stated:

It will be my pleasure and honor to arrange energy meetings, extensive briefings from top energy experts in Russia and Europe( including top executives and government decision makers), scheduling your speaking arrangements and anything else that is within my scope of connections and business experience.
Nevertheless, handling NATO documentation is outside of my expertise and interests. If your Boss held the office, it would be a reasonable request if authorized by[ the White House]. I am willing and confident that I can be of great assistance to you in your private or public goals in Russia. Hope you understand me and my concerns.

The Committee does not have any additional context regarding Millian 's reference to" handling NATO, documentation,'' though it assumes the topic was discussed during the Skype call.

Millian wrote Papadopoulos an email with the subject line" US Russia relations'', on August 22, 2016, in which he provided Papadopoulos a link to a U.S. Department of State website, commenting that" this is a good link to start reviewing regarding the topics of political, security, and energy relationship.''
The link is to the 2013 Joint Report of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.

On September 12, 2016, Millian was scheduled to pick Papadopoulos up at New York 's LaGuardia airport for a meeting.
Although the committee does not know what the two discussed, on September 13, 2016, Millian wrote an email to Trump attorney Michael Cohen:" I 'm friends with Greek American George Papadopoulos, who says he is now your official compaign[ sic] advisor on foreign policy from Ben Carson group. He asks questions about you. Do you know George? '' The Committee has no record of a response from Cohen.

On November 5, 2016, Millian forwarded Papadopoulos an email message that he had originally sent to Hicks on November 2, 2016, rebutting the purported falsehoods contained within an October 31, 2016, Financial Times article written about Millian, titled," The shadowy Russian emigre touting Trump.''
Millian included the following note to Papadopoulos:

I just wanted you to know that I wrote this for Mr. Trump.
I have no doubt that forces that invested so much into H will try to steal the elections. Otherwise, all the money they paid will go to waste.

Please be very cautious these last few days.
Even to the point of not leaving your food and drinks out of eyesight. I saw you in my dream with two men in black with angry faces hiding behind your back

In the original note to Hicks- · which itself was a message Millian said he had sent to Michael Cohen-Millian offered to hold a press conference to correct the record regarding this relationship with Trump, but noted he would not do so unless the Campaign approved.
Millian had no official title or role with the Campaign. The Committee does not know why Millian forwarded the note or why Millian included the warning · to Papadopoulos.

Millian and Papadopoulos stayed in touch past the election and as late as August 2017.
According to an interview with the FBI, Papadopoulos met with Millian in November 2016. Papadopoulos stated that he thought the meeting was strange because Millian was throwing out" crazy numbers'' for a potential business deal with Papadopoulos, who was not paid by the Trump campaign nor paid by the Trump Transition Team. According to the FBI interview with him, Papadopoulos further recalled:

While the two spoke of potential business ideas, Millian encouraged Papadopoulos to concurrently pursue attempts to obtain employment in the administration.
When Papadopoulos told Millian he was not interested in a job in the administration," the meeting kind of stopped.'' Papadopoulos felt as if Millian 's composure was different after that moment and Millian went from cordial to a completely different person.

Simona Mangiante, Papadopoulos ' wife, told the Committee that Millian offered Papadopoulos a salary of$ 30,000 per month as part of the business proposal.

On August 10, 2017, Millian forwarded an email message to Papadopoulos from a Washington Post reporter who had asked Millian about his interactions with Papadopoulos.
Millian forwarded the message with the comment," FYI: I will not comment. These folks are hatchet job writers and are by Amazon owner.'' This is the last record of contact the Committee has between Millian and Papadopoulos. For additional information on Millian, see infra Vol. 5, Sec. IV.B.

Papadopoulos Meets[ REDACTED][ REDACTED]

According to Papadopoulos 's testimony to the U.S House of Representatives, he received an unsolicited email from[ REDACTED] in early September 2016.
According to Papadopoulos,[ REDACTED] offered to fly Papadopoulos to London and pay him$ 3,000 to write a paper for him.[ REDACTED]

On September 20, 2016, Papadopoulos wrote Clovis an email message with the subject line"[ REDACTED]'' in which he wrote:

Had a very productive meeting with[ REDACTED] in[ L] ondon.
We talked strategy among other things. He liked what I had to say about US policy in the Middle East/eastern Mediterranean and wants to help on China briefs. He said you two met as well and talked about similar issues

According to an August 2017 interview with the FBI:

Papadopoulos authored a paper for[ REDACTED] in London and traveled to London in September of 2016 to meet with[ REDACTED][ REDACTED].
During that meeting,[ REDACTED] asked Papadopoulos about the hacking of the DNC, which Papadopoulos found to be odd Papadopoulos relayed to[ REDACTE] that he did not know anything about the topic and was taken aback by his questioning. Papadopoulos felt as if[ REDACTED-RCB- may have been trying to set him up. That meeting was also[ REDACTED] a bit of an antagonistic meeting.[ REDACTED] financed the writing of that paper and paid for Papadopoulos ' flight and his hotel.

The Committee received written responses from[ REDACTED] on February 28, 2020.

Campaign Officials Attempt to Restrain Papadopoulos

As mentioned above, Clovis claimed to the Committee that, as early as March, he was concerned that including Papadopoulos on the foreign policy advisory team had been a mistake.
The first explicit negative feedback from senior Campaign staff to Papadopoulos seems to have come in May, after Papadopoulos gave an interview in the British press. On May 4, 2016, The Times of London published comments from Papadopoulos, identifying him as" a foreign policy adviser to the Republican frontrunner,'' in which he called upon the United Kingdom 's Prime Minister, David Cameron, to apologize to Trump and noted that an invitation for Trump to visit the United Kingdom had not been extended On May 5, 2016, Clovis sent an email to Papadopoulos with the subject" Call Me ASAP,'' in which he wrote:

You are in real hot water with the campaign over your comments to the British press.
You need to call me asap. No more discussion with any press until you hear otherwise or have spoken to me about your current situation. Nothing goes out without the approval of New York, Period.

While the content of Papadopoulos 's remarks seems to have surprised the Campaign, the Committee notes that Papadopoulos was keeping the Campaign 's communication director generally informed of his interactions with the press:

On April 29, 2016, Papadopoulos sought permission from Hope Hicks, the Campaign 's communications director, to accept an interview with a different media outlet, BBC.
Hicks replied in the affirmative three minutes afterwards.

On May 7, 2016, Papadopoulos ' wrote two emails to Hicks asking if he could participate in an interview with Bloomberg and explaining the context surrounding the interview with The Times of London.
Papadopoulos noted that" the[ U.K. Prime Minister] 's office wants to host me next week for them to expect Mr. Trump to visit the UK.'' Hicks responded to Papadopoulos," All good! ''

Papadopoulos continued to pursue public speaking opportunities on behalf of the Campaign, and senior staff continued to show their concern.
On July 7, 2016, Papadopoulos forwarded an email message to Dearborn from the American Jewish Committee asking him to participate as a panelist at a July 20, 2016, event in Cleveland, Ohio. Dearborn subsequently forwarded the message to Mashburn and Gordon and noted:" I do n't know that I trust him to speak for the campaign-- thoughts? ''

On August 2, 2016, in an email conversation about press engagements and Carter Page, Dearborn wrote," Carter Page and George Papadopoulos are problematic with the press.
I 've been clear with George he ca n't jump without asking. I do n't know Carter.''

On August 16, 2016, Hicks, Stephen Miller, and other Campaign staff exchanged emails in response to a negative press inquiry about a · separate national security advisory team member, in which Hicks stated," Do we need to do some cleaning up of our original advisers?
This, carter page, Papadopoulos? '' Miller responded," Yes. Several of the clovis names should be removed.'' When Hicks responded by asking how" we go about this swiftly and quietly'' and adding then-Campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Miller responded," The best solution is to constitute a new fp team with the names we want.''

Hicks told the Committee that by August 2016, her position on the contributions of Page and Papadopoulos was fairly clear:

My general feeling on them[ Page and Papadopoulos] was that it was not worth keeping up appearances of some foreign policy committee.
We had enough problems and I did n't need any more with people that we had no control over, no knowledge of their activities and, frankly, their positions on things. They were n't making contributions, so I did n't see the point in trying to field these media inquiries that had nothing to do with us. It was n't as if we were benefiting from their participation or lack thereof I felt strongly about ending their involvement, which there was n't any

Although Campaign staff told the Committee, with the benefit of hindsight, that they had ongoing concerns about Papadopoulos, they were inconsistent in their contemporaneous written evaluations.
On July 25, 2016, Clovis sent an email message to Paul Manafort, copying Dearborn, Kushner, Trump supporter Elliott Broidy, and Donald Trump Jr., in which he included a policy document. Under the" Energy'' section of the document, Clovis wrote," I have made contact with a number of energy folks, but we already have two energy experts on tether. Carter Page and George Papadoupolos[ sic] are great assets.'' When asked whether Clovis agreed with his July 25, 2016 assessment that Page and Papadopoulos were great assets to the Campaign, Clovis told the Committee," No, not at all... I do n't know how I ever would have- said that, but I guess I did.''

Papadopoulos also attempted to involve himself as a more formal surrogate for the Campaign, probably in an attempt to have some travel expenses compensated.
On August 20, 2016, Papadopoulos sent an email to. Trump Campaign official Bo Denysyk, asking to have travel expenses covered for campaign-related events with Greek-American donors. Denysyk noted that''[ t] he campaign does not normally cover expenses for someone who is not formally on the surrogate list of speakers,'' but offered to see if Papadopoulos could be vetted as a formal When Denysyk subsequently checked with others on the Trump campaign, Clovis responded:" George is an advisor but is not officially with the campaign. This has been the case from the beginning.'' Papadopoulos also asked Bryan Lanza, deputy communications director for the Trump Campaign, on August 22, 2016, whether the Campaign had a" weekly call for the surrogates to keep everyone updated on the issues.'' Lanza then told an associate:" Please add Mr. Papadopoulos to the daily call and talking points.''

Lanza also endorsed Papadopoulos speaking to the press, long after Hicks expressed her opinion that he should stop.
On September 9, 2016, Papadopoulos asked Lanza what he thought about" a request from interfax Russian news agency with ksenia baygarova on US- Russia ties under a president trump.... If the campaign wants me to do it, can answer similar to the answers I gave in April while in Israel.'' The next day, Lanza told Papadopoulos:" You should do it. The Russia/US Syria agreement is a good example of why we want a partnership with Russia.''

Steve Bannon, who starting in mid-August served as the CEO of the Trump Campaign, also-told the Committee he saw Papadopoulos as a non-factor on the Campaign, but his assertions in his interview often did not match the documentary record.
. For example, Bannon engaged in a lengthy email exchange with Papadopoulos related to scheduling a meeting between Trump and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Bannon, however, told the Committee that he did not remember obtaining Papadopoulos 's email address and that he did not mean to email Papadopoulos. Instead, he explained that during the entire exchange with Papadopoulos, he thought he was emailing George Gigicos, the Campaign 's head of advance. Bannon also briefly communicated with Papadopoulos regarding the Japanese government in September 2016 and regarding the Greek government in January 2017

Attempts to Separate Papadopoulos from the Campaign

Papadopoulos 's second big misstep in the press led to the clearest direction to stop associating himself publicly with the Campaign from Campaign senior leadership.
On September 30, 2016, Interfax published an interview with Papadopoulos-likely the one Lanza had authorized. In an October 3, 2016 email conversation, several members of the Trump Campaign, including Clovis, Alan Cobb, Dearborn, Denysyk, and John Mashburn discussed how to respond to the interview approved George giving these types of interviews on behalf of the campaign, I suggest that Sam or I call him and tell him to cease-and desist speaking on behalf of the campaign unless specifically approved by Mash and Sam.'' Dearborn replied the same day and stated," Shut him down.

Denysyk emailed Papadopoulos on October 3, 2016, component to a discussion with Papadopoulos about a Greek-American coalition, and wrote:

Also, please remove your title as Foreign Policy Advisor to the campaign.
Rick and Sam confirmed that you have been an informal resource and not an Adviser.

More broadly, Rick has asked me to thank you for the policy activities you have been involved with but you can not any longer speak on behalf of the campaign or publicly comment on what the campaign position is on any issue.
You can refer people to the campaign website.

We have had numerous complaints about your Interfax interview.
I hope you understand.

For reference, Alan and Sam agree with this decision

Papadopoulos initially replied''[ n] ot an issue, Bo,'' but said as a result he would not be able to" further assist on this or any other coalition.''
The following day, Papadopoulos also wrote that the development would affect his support for a Greek-Americans for Trump coalition:

I have been predominantly working with the leadership in NY over the past months on numerous initiatives.
As far as they told me, they did not give or were aware of an order to effectively sideline me from the campaign for the interview I gave. Will wait for their instructions on me continuing as a surrogate/advisor before I decide on the[ Greek-Americans for Trump] coalition.

Densyk replied to Papadopoulos," Up to you and will pass this along to Rick and Sam,'' to which Papadopoulos replied:

Please do, Bo.
I was informed by top people in the campaign, that the buck stops with Steve Bannon on this issue. Steve and I coordinated Mr. Trump 's high level meetings during UN week. If he tells me he wants me off the team, of course, I will immediately step down. In the interest of the team, however, I will refrain from any other interviews or appearances until there is a final verdict.

Papadopoulos sent an email to Boris Epshteyn, a Trump Campaign-surrogate and employee, on October 4, 2016, stating that he had been" told by a couple folks in the campaign, Rick Dearborn, Sam Clovis,( both via[ B] o Denysyk)'' that he was" effectively now off the campaign'' because of his recent interview and asked Epshteyn for clarification on whether that statement was accurate.
Papadopoulos sent a similar note to Glassner twenty minutes later, who responded," News to me- I suggest you follow up directly with Steve Bannon or Jason Miller.''

Papadopoulos had already emailed Bannon on October 3, 2016:

I 'm effectively off the campaign for giving an interview on US policy in the Middle East/Russia after I was approved to do it and spoke on my behalf( not the campaigns[ sic]).
Can you confirm/deny the validity of this please? You are the CEO so I wanted to make sure I asked you before moving back to London to take up my work placement again.

Bannon initially forwarded the note to Jason Miller early on October 4, and asked him," What 's up with this ? ? ? ''
Miller responded to Bannon almost immediately, and stated:" I 've never even heard of this person.'' Bannon subsequently also replied to Papadopoulos on October 4:" Who told u that[? ]'' Papadopoulos stated that the decision had come from" Rick Dearborn and Sam Clovis( via Bo Denysyk).'' The Committee is not aware of any further action that Bannon took regarding Papadopoulos 's inquiry

On October 5, 2016, in response to a query from Epshteyn about whether" George[ was] still part of[ the] campaign,'' Cobb wrote:" George got way off the reservation on an issue, but I do n't think he is` off the campaign.'''
Upon further inquiry by Cobb, he subsequently wrote back to Epshteyn:" Dearborn is telling me that George has been told to cease and desist several times.'' In response, Epshteyn suggested that" Dearborn send him a formal letter to end his` confusion.'''

On October 5, 2016, Clovis sent Papadopoulos the following email message:

Not sure what all is going on with you right now, but I wanted to ask that you not represent yourself as a spokesperson or surrogate for the campaign.
I am not sure I fully understand why this has come up, but for the sake of the campaign and everyone involved, we need to keep distractions to a minimum right now. I know you understand. Thanks. Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

Despite Denysyk 's and Clovis 's emails, the Committee notes Papadopoulos remained active and engaged with the Campaign, to include engagements with media associated with Greek and Russian interests.

On October 9, 2016, Papadopoulos sent an email message to Epshteyn with the subject" Russia strategy,'' in which he wrote:

It 's obvious Mr. Trump has expressed that it 's important to cooperate with Russia in Syria... I support this completely.
I 'm free to discuss this week with you about how to articulate it even more with your help if it 's in the interest of the principal.

On October 19, 2016, Mifsud sent an email to Papadopoulos inviting him to speak to a session of the European Council on Foreign Relations on" any issue or topic related on the Trump campaign, putting your views forward:'' He further stated in the email that" the attendance to this meeting is strictly by invitation and normally has top politicians, journalists, diplomats in London and will be curtailed by number.''
Papadopoulos responded several hours later stating that he was not sure he could make a trip to London as he" decided to go back on the campaign until the end.''

On October 26, 2016, Papadopoulos sent Lanza an email regarding media requests from" Greek American newspapers and CNN Greece'' Lanza replied shortly after Papadopoulos sent the initial email, copying an associate to help assist Papadopoulos in booking the engagement.

Less than one hour after sending the initial email to Lanza on October 26, 2016, Papadopoulos then forwarded a request from a U.S. correspondent for Antenna TV Greece to Lanza and Lanza 's associate just prior to sending the email to Lanza.

Also on October 26, 2016, Papadopoulos received an email from a producer claiming to be from" the U.S. State Department 's TV Rain Russia Media CoOp program'' who stated she had received his contact information from Richard Weitz.
The producer requested that Papadopoulos participate in an interview with two Russian journalists who were going to be in Washington, D.C. after the election. Papadopoulos agreed to do an interview on November 14, 2016.

Mifsud Reacts to the Election

On November 1, 2016, Mifsud sent an email to Papadopoulos with the subject" How are you? ''
in which he wrote,''[ L] et us start thinking of the post-US elections- anything you can/wish to share? I hope it goes well for you[ REDACTED][ REDACTED]

On November 10, 2016, Mifsud sent an email to Papadopoulos, congratulating him on Trump 's victory and asking:" I wondered if you and I can touch base and prepare your presentation in London and also to see if we can work together.''
Papadopoulos responded to Mifsud 's note, stating that he''[ w] ould be happy to work together. What do you have in mind? '' Mifsud responded the next day:

As there are much[ sic] requests from Europe, Russia and Middle East on Mr. Trump 's foreign policy focus liaising with institutions and think tanks will be on top of the agenda.
We can offer a service to these via you. I would be happy to fly to meet with you in the USA in the first week of December and have a meeting with you( and with others that you might wish to identify).

I will fly to where you will be and meet face to face there.
If I can be of any support here please do let me know.

Mifsud sent another email to Papadopoulos on November 11, 2016, regarding a phone call Mifsud had with the European Council on Foreign Relations( ECFR) about general foreign policy topics, including the U.S. posture towards Russia, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as well as offering to" brief you or your team on the view from the Europeans.''

Mifsud reached out again on November 16, 2016, stating that he was" very interested in meeting with you during my visit to the USA · which will.
start on the 3rd December until the 9th I can meet you at any time or1any place that you wish- Washington or New York.'' On November 18, 2016, Mifsud again asked Papadopoulos:'''[ w] here and at when can we meet? I would be willing to travel to where is more convenient for you. There are a number of issues that I would like to discuss with you.'' Mifsud sent another email message to Papadopoulos on December 2, 2016, again stating''[ a] s mentioned I will be in the US from tomorrow. Can you kindly let me know where and how we can meet? I would be willing to come to Chicago for the meeting.'' On December 6, 2016, Mifsud again reached out to Papadopoulos, stating," Dear George, I hope you are well. I am in US. Is a meeting still possible? ''

Despite the multiple emails from Mifsud, the Committee has seen no indication that Papadopoulos responded, and the Committee does not know if Papadopoulos and Mifsud met subsequent to the election

Papadopoulos Coordinates Multiple Foreign Engagements for the Transition

After the election, foreign governments sought points of contact who could secure a phone call with the President-Elect 's Transition Team.
Representatives from the UK, Cyprus, Egypt, Taiwan, and Greece all leveraged Papadopoulos as an interlocutor. The Committee has no evidence suggesting that the Russian government used Papadopoulos as a conduit

On November 9, 2016, the Head of the Political Team for the British Embassy to the United States sent Papadopoulos an email with the subject" Request for a call between the British Prime Minister and President-elect'' which stated:''[ T] he Prime Minister is keen to secure an early call with President-elect Trump.
We have already registered this request with the transition team but have now belatedly realised that perhaps the campaign would have been the right approach.'' The message also included a letter of congratulations from United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May which the Embassy was" keen to ensure reaches the candidate as soon as possible.'' Papadopoulos separately forwarded the letter to Bannon, Hicks, and Glassner within an hour of receiving the email from the British Embassy.

On November 9, 2016, Leonidas Pantelides, the Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, sent Papadopoulos via email a letter from the President of Cyprus to President-Elect Trump.
Papadopoulos forwarded the communication to Bannon and Glassner

On November 10, 2016, Yasser Elshemy, a Counselor at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, sent Papadopoulos an e-mail with the subject line" letter from Foreign Minister to VP` Pence','' stating that the Egyptian Ambassador to the United States" is looking forward to meeting Vice President` Pence' to deliver the congratulation letter addressed to him from[ Egypt 's] Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.''
Papadopoulos passed the message on to Glassner. On November 18, 2016, Elshemy sent an email to Papadopoulos with the subject" meeting- urgent'' asking Papadopoulos to" grab a lunch together, we need to follow up many things we discussed before the elections results.'' In a subsequent note, Elshemy clarified that he needs" help to set a meeting between Amb. Reda and Mr. Bannon in DC on the earlier convenience.[ W] e also need an access point to Mr. Pence office.'' One minute later, Papadopoulos wrote back," Ok will call and ask him what he can do.''

On November 10, 2016, Papadopoulos received an email message from Seth Cropsey of the Hudson Institute, recommending that President-Elect Trump call Tsai Ing-Wen, the President of Taiwan to" assure her of Trump administration defense of Taiwan... a call would also tell Xi Jinping that Trump takes security in the region seriously, especially the South China Sea.''
Cropsey resent the email to Papadopoulos on November 11, 2016, Papadopoulos wrote to Cropsey," I set up[ Trump 's] calls with prime minister May and president sisi. If the leader of Taiwan wants a call, may you have her send a formal letter I can then forward from my email? That 's how it worked for sisi and may,'' In a separate email message on the same day, but as part of the same conversation thread, Papadopoulos wrote" Regarding Australia ditto. I had a couple nice conversations over gin in London with their former foreign minister and current high commissioner to the U.K., Alexander Downer where we discussed the relationship

Papadopoulos, however, was about to travel to Greece, and was keeping senior members of the Trump Transition Team apprised of his engagements.
On December 9,2016, Papadopoulos passed on a purported request from the Prime Minister of Greece to meet with President-Elect Trump in early January 2017 to Bannon. In an email the following day, December 10, 2016, Papadopoulos further stated that he''[ s] poke with the Greek defense minister. They want to sign a government agreement with the USA for all rights to all energy fields offshore. Strategic foothold in the Mediterranean and Balkans.'' Bannon replied to the note, adding Michael Flynn and Kathleen Troia( K.T.) McFarland to the communication, both of who were-senior national security officials on the Transition Team. Papadopoulos then wrote to the group on December 10, 2016, that the Greek defense minister had" earmarked the island of[ K] arpathos for a potential listening post and air base for the US'' and further stated" A base on[ K] arpathos is key to controlling sea lines of communication in the Aegean/plan b should Incirlik once again become unusable.'' The following day, December 11, 2016, Papadopoulos wrote to Flynn 's Transition Team email address, passing along the. phone number for Kammenos, the Greek Defense Minister, noting that the''[ l] ine is not secure, however. He can pass along a secure number when you both find the time to discuss.''

Papadopoulos again reached out to Bannon on January 4, 2017, relaying a request from the Greek Foreign Minister for a phone call with Trump.
Bannon responded, adding Flynn, which Papadopoulos used to also request a meeting with the Egyptian ambassador.

Papadopoulos Angles for an Administration Position

Despite what Papadopoulos purportedly told Millian, he used the Transition period and into January to point out what he saw as his contributions to the Campaign, almost certainly in the hopes of gaining an administration position.
On November 11, 2016, Papadopoulos wrote to Clovis:

I made the introduction between Mr. Trump and president Sisi based primarily on the trust the region has on my work etc..
Have met with the highest levels of the aforementioned countries and established robust and positive ties. The paper I wrote for[ REDACTED] was well received as well and provided insight.

On December 22, 2016, Papadopoulos wrote to Lanza asking him for guidance regarding interviews with media outlets, as he was" getting some interview requests from Russian media.''
Lanza provided some guidance back to Papadopoulos, indicating that''[ w] e are telling everyone pursuing Admin[ istration] jobs to pass on all interviews.'' Papadopoulos wrote back to Lanza minutes later," Thank you for letting me know. In that case[ I] am passing on the interviews.

Papadopoulos sent Bill Graus, Managing Director for the financial services company Alex. Brown, an email on January 5, 2017, thanking him for meeting that day and included a short bio and resume" for consideration by the Trump administration.''
- The next day, Graus forwarded the message to Dearborn, copying Michael Karloutsos stating,''[ s] pecifically he is looking to fill the role held by Amos Hochstein, the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs and leads the bureau of energy resources at the, state department, if a position on the national security council is not available.

Papadopoulos followed up with Dearborn on January 9 and January 17, 2017, noting in the latter email that he had''[ b] een in talks with Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn about various things and have been assisting on key issues already.''

Papadopoulos, in an email communication with Lanza on January 17, 2017, also · mentioned that he had''[ b] een aiming for either a post on the NSC, or specifically, the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs( currently held by Amos[ H] ochstein).''

[ REDACTED] On March 4, 2017, Papadopoulos sent a message to Michael Cohen in which he wrote," Michael, Hope all is well.
Are you free for a meeting next week? Wanted to talk about my value added to the administration among other things. Definitely want to come onboard.[ B] est, George.'' The Committee has no record of a response from Cohen.

The Committee has no indication as to whether the Transition Team considered Papadopoulos for a position in the administration.

Counterintelligence Concerns about Papadopoulos 's Interactions[ REDACTED][ REDACTED]

Papadopoulos was first interviewed by the FBI on January 27, 2017.
According to DOJ 's sentencing memorandum, Papadopoulos 's" lies to the FBI in January 2017 impeded the FBI ' s investigation...[ and] substantially hindered investigators ' ability to effectively question the Professor[ Mifsud] when the FBI located him in Washington, D.C. approximately two weeks after the defendant 's January 27, 2017 interview.'' Specifically, Papadopoulos misrepresented specific sequencing concerning his affiliation with the Trump Campaign and his interactions with Joseph Mifsud. Papadopoulos falsely claimed to have the information on the Russian 's possessing" dirt'' on Clinton from Mifsud prior to Papadopoulos 's affiliation with the Trump Campaign and attempted to minimize the extent and importance of his communications with Mifsud.[ REDACTED][ REDACTED][ REDACTED]

[ REDACTED] Mifsud departed the United States of February 11, 2017 and has not returned.
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