Ex-DHS official: Papadopoulos emails show Trump team knew about Russian attack on DNC 'and did nothing'
CNN national security expert Juliette Kayyem (Screen capture)

Former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Juliette Kayyem said that revelations in the New York Times about George Papadopoulos -- former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign -- show that the Trump team was aware of Russian attacks on the DNC and Hillary Clinton but chose not to report that information to the FBI.


"The Trump team clearly knew it at this stage and they did nothing," Kayyem told anchor Ana Cabrera and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti on Saturday.

Kayyem said it's important to bear in mind how far we've come from the Trump team's original "explanations and defenses by the Trump team that there was no contact with the Russians."

The New York Times story, she said, does two things. It puts the controversial Steele dossier to one side and demonstrates that the FBI had other motives in investigating the Trump campaign. It also shows that Papadopoulos had access to key members of the Trump team.

"They knew it and they did not disclose it to the FBI," said Kayyem. "The Trump team clearly knew it at this stage and did nothing."

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