Monday morning brought the news, for which many in America had been waiting, with the indictment of Paul Manafort and his long time business associate Rick Gates by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Most thought that would be the big news of the day. However, Washington, D.C., was rocked by the news that George Papadopoulos had plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. Papadopoulos was arrested in July and plead guilty in October. Papadopoulos was a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. The Trump administration is saying that Papadopoulos was a low level nobody and his guilty plea proves nothing when it comes to the Trump campaign and Russia working together during the election. With Papadopoulos pleading guilty, the question must be asked: Is his guilty plea a big deal or not?
Those who feel his guilty plea is a big deal argue that this provides a direct link from the Trump campaign to Russia. They point out that Papadopoulos is seen in photographs sitting in meetings with Mr. Trump and the future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which means Papadopoulos was a much bigger part of the campaign than the administration is saying. Also, he would never have plead guilty unless the special prosecutor had concrete proof that he was guilty, and he would not have gotten a deal if he didn’t have something significant to offer.
People who do not believe his guilty plea is a big deal feel that this still proves nothing. He did not plead guilty to working with the Russians, but lying to the FBI. They argue that Papadopoulos was a low level campaign worker and, even if he did do something wrong, the president can’t be held responsible for what some nobody did. Finally, people feel that this whole Russia investigation is a whole lot of nothing and will never touch the president, even if a few people end up going to jail.
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is definitely trying to get to the bottom of what happened during the 2016 presidential election. He probably has many in Washington scared to death of what he just might find out. His indictment of Manafort and Gates were the headline grabbers Monday. Will they be more important than the Papadopoulos guilty plea, going forward? We shall see.
CBS News covered the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos:
Is George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea a big deal? Is his guilty plea proof that something went on between the Trump campaign and Russia, or is he a low level staffer whose guilty plea means nothing?
George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea is a big deal
Those who feel Papadopoulos’ guilty plea is a big deal say that he is the key to proving that the Trump campaign was working with Russia. They feel that he is a direct link between Russia and the campaign.
Russia collusion gift wrapped & talking unbeknownst to everyone. It's just glorious
— If not us, who? (@CassieIrish) October 30, 2017
Happy about Manafort indictment but the Pap admission of guilt seems huge.
— arel (@arelplo) October 30, 2017
DT lies so much that he he is now lying to himself ? pic.twitter.com/EeVdfNYkvp
— ajgsteps (@ajgsteps) October 31, 2017
This is the closest, most direct link to you know who about you know what.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) October 30, 2017
George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea is not a big deal
People who feel Papadopoulos’ guilty plea is not a big deal say that he didn’t plead guilty to working with Russia, but lying to the FBI about some meetings. They point out that he was a low level staffer who, even if he did something wrong, does not prove the campaign did.
Here is why its not… the guy was a low level player. I had more pull inside of the campaign than this guy did.
— 2018??Elections (@sp1r1tharambe) October 31, 2017
— Mark O (@MarkSinatra) October 31, 2017
FakenewsCNN his charge is about lying not about Russia. Give it up, you have nothing on Trump because there is nothing. @realDonaldTrump
— Jack Crewse (@oldjack37) October 31, 2017
His guilty plea was to lying to the FBI. Not talking to someone from Russia
— is anybody out there (@Flstss671) October 31, 2017
So, what do you think? Was George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea a big deal?