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Inside George Papadopoulos' Russia meetings

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

George Papadopoulous may not have been the "low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar," as Trump once described him on Twitter. At least according to new information about his various meetings with Russian leadership, all in an attempt to connect Trump and Vladimir Putin, as reported by NYT.

Why it matters: Papadopoulous has already been charged in Bob Mueller's probe for lying to the FBI. That brought the Russia investigation closer to Trump, but Papadopoulos' claim that he lied to protect Trump, as well as the reports that he shared Russian information with Stephen Miller, make it harder for Trump to ignore this probe because it suggests senior campaign officials knew of the attempts to connect with Russian government officials.