No, not this catfish…
…but this one.
Used in a sentence: George Papadopolous was catfished when the woman who conversed with him claimed to be Putin’s niece. Like with the secret July 2016 meeting involving Veselnitskaya, DJTJ and six or so others, Papadopolous was willing to collude with Russians when it came to getting “dirt” on Hillary, but the Russians didn’t deliver in either case.
Veering over to Manafort, several have said that he is being prosecuted for things he did before he became campaign chair, but that’s not true.
The first big takeaway from this morning’s flurry of charging and plea documents with respect to Paul Manafort Jr., Richard Gates III, and George Papadopoulos is this: The President of the United States had as his campaign chairman a man who had allegedly served for years as an unregistered foreign agent for a puppet government of Vladimir Putin, a man who was allegedly laundering remarkable sums of money even while running the now-president’s campaign, a man who allegedly lied about all of this to the FBI and the Justice Department.
Emphasis mine. So, in other words, Manafort was committing a felony while working for candidate and nominee Trump.
President Trump, in short, had on his campaign at least one person, and allegedly two people, who actively worked with adversarial foreign governments in a fashion they sought to criminally conceal from investigators. One of them ran the campaign. The other, meanwhile, was interfacing with people he “understood to have substantial connections to Russian government officials” and with a person introduced to him as “a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin with connections to senior Russian government officials.” All of this while President Trump was assuring the American people that he and his campaign had “nothing to do with Russia.”
My concern before Trump was inaugurated was that he would be too friendly to Putin and give away too much, but the political environment due to these Russia allegations has prevented Trump from making overtures. To me, that’s a good thing.