White House junior aide linked to Russia probe briefed FCO - Brake

Details have emerged of George Papadopoulos, a Trump aide who admitted lying to the FBI regarding his ties to Russia, having three separate meetings with British Foreign Officeofficials in September 2016 following the EU referendum.

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A meeting on the 16th of September between Papadopoulos and the head of the UK’s North America Department went without a prepared briefing and written minutes. Another meeting in September 2016 between former UK Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood and Papadopoulos was discovered to have occurred, yet once again no minutes were recorded.

Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Brexit, said:

“With investigations into Mr Papadopoulos' contacts with Russia of global interest, anything less than total transparency about UK meetings with him will leave a nagging doubt about their purpose and impact.”

Questions are now being raised as to why senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials were meeting with a junior aide whom Donald Trump had previously described as a “low level volunteer.”

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