What does "leveraging" of "leveraging this professor.." mean? The plea agreement with Papado...

29 Nov 2017

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What does "leveraging" of "leveraging this professor.." mean?


The plea agreement with Papadopoulos included a description of the charges he faced — lying to authorities — and a timeline of how that crime unfolded. In short, Papadopoulos offered untrue statements to the FBI. Among them, Papadopoulos claimed that his introduction to a London-based professor who tried to connect him to Russian actors preceded his work with the campaign, which wasn’t true. In fact, the professor became interested in Papadopoulos only after learning that he was linked to the Trump campaign. At a private meeting, the professor, identified by The Post as Joseph Mifsud, introduced Papadopoulos to a woman claiming to be Putin’s niece.

What’s important here, though, is what Papadopoulos thought he was offering the Trump campaign. There were his repeated attempts to set up a meeting between Trump and Putin, leveraging this professor and another man linked to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). But Papadopoulos was presented with other information, too.

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