The former Trump adviser who took a plea deal and is cooperating with the FBI has provided evidence that the Trump campaign approved a meeting with Russia in an effort to collude with a hostile foreign power.
Writing to the Russian contact a week before the Republican National Convention, Papadopoulos proposed a meeting for August or September in the U.K. that would include “my national chairman and maybe one other foreign policy adviser” and members of Putin’s office and Russia’s foreign ministry.
“It has been approved by our side,” Papadopoulos wrote.
The evidence that Papadopoulos has provided Mueller is why the Trump White House is terrified. Mueller now has the proof that the Trump campaign was open for business and trying to collude with Russia. Collusion has gone from a suspicion to a reality. The Russia scandal has moved from smoke to fire.
After Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort met with Russians in Trump Tower, the pattern was firmly established that the Trump’s were going to take whatever Putin was willing to offer. The Trump conspiracy depended on a belief that if they won, Trump could use the power of the presidency to kill any investigation. When Jeff Sessions didn’t kill the Russia investigation, it opened a door that the White House has not been able to close.
Emails are evidence, and if enough evidence is accumulated, the Trump administration will be reduced to rubble.