George Papadopoulos, the former Trump aide who served jail time for colluding with Russia in the 2016 election—and lying to the FBI about it—was released this week after 12 days in federal prison. Apparently, he has big plans.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Papadopoulos revealed that he wants to reboot his career in public service with a 2020 run for Congress.
“Sipping a kale and cucumber smoothie on a swanky hotel rooftop in Los Angeles, George Papadopoulos looked a million miles away from prison,” the Telegraph writes.
“He tells me he is looking at seats in Orange County (Nixon’s birthplace) and is already taking to donors,” reporter Ben Riley-Smith noted.
“My whole intention in joining the Trump campaign and the transition team was to advise the President but then also obviously use that as a platform to run for office myself,” Papadopoulos said.
Papadopoulos and his wife are also the subjects of a new reality show, the Washington Post reported.
NEW: George Papadopoulos, the Trump adviser jailed over Russia meddling probe, wants to run for Congress in 2020.
He tells me he is looking at seats in Orange County (Nixon’s birthplace) and is already taking to donors.ADVERTISEMENT
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) December 14, 2018
George Conway calls out fears Trump will compromise new US intelligence initiative aimed at Russia
On Saturday, George Conway drew attention to a specific passage of a new article from The New York Times about the intelligence community's efforts to counterattack the Russian power grid, in response to years of covert Kremlin attacks on our own:
“[O]fficials described...hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern...that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation...to the Russian foreign minister.” https://t.co/BXTjjXBmia
Trump goes on ‘TOTAL LOSERS’ tirade with manic tweet attacking ‘totally out of control’ media
Trump’s hamfisted attempt to wag the dog with Iran unraveled fast
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
We can’t say with any certainty that Iran wasn’t behind the attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman this week, but it is clear that the Trump regime’s account of what happened unraveled very quickly. Shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a video of a small vessel removing something Pompeo said was a mine from the damaged port side of one of the ships, the vessel's owner said that it had actually been struck on its starboard side, above the waterline, by a flying object. If this were in fact an effort to pull a Gulf of Tonkin, then the fact that this was the best dog-wagging they could conjure up would be downright pathetic.