The fiancé of a convicted former Trump Campaign staffer is speaking out in his defense, calling him a heroic whistleblower, whose testimony she believes will ultimately bring down the presidency.
Former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pled guilty to a single count of lying to the FBI in a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. He can’t talk, but his Italian-born girlfriend Simona Mangiante, herself a former employee of Kremlin-linked Professor Joseph Mifsud, can talk and is working hard to defend his reputation.
Papadopoulos’s story has become central to the Trump-Russia investigation, because his loose lips delivered the scoop of the century to a friendly foreign government, ultimately prompting the FBI to begin investigating Donald Trump’s campaign in the first place
Mangiante believes that he will ultimately be revealed to be a 21st century John Dean, blowing the whistle to save our country from a capricious presidency. She told The Post:
“I believe history will remember him like John Dean. George is very loyal. And he is on the right side of history,” added Mangiante, who got engaged to Papadopoulos in September.
Without offering specifics, Mangiante said there is much more that has not yet been told publicly about Papadopoulos’ 10 months as an informal national security adviser to Trump and his interactions with a London-based professor who told Papadopoulos, according to court filings, that the Russians had “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
“There’s a lot to come,” she said. “He was the first one to break a hole on all of this.” Mangiante said she has been extensively interviewed by Mueller’s team, who asked about her own brief stint working for Joseph Mifsud, the same London professor who offered to connect the young Trump aide with the Russians.
Papadopolous’s fiancé was more perceptive than her betrothed because she quit working for Mifsud after a few months when the Maltese professor proposed a shady meeting about Iraq policy in Tripoli, Libya. After just a few months on the job, she concluded that the purported London academy which employed her was a front organization.
Amazingly, the couple met because of their shared connection to Professor Mifsud, revealed by their Linkedin social network profiles, which blossomed into a summer love affair last year. But it was all turned upside down when the FBI arrested George Papadopoulos last July and he chose to cooperate with authorities, sending their lives from “paradise to hell,” according to The Post:
Mangiante said she is now spending much of her time in the United States because Papadopoulos is barred from traveling by the terms of his agreement. The date of his sentencing has not been set yet. “This has changed his life forever,” she said.
“It was brave,” she said. “It wasn’t hard, but it was brave . . . It’s always easiest to say the truth about everything.”
Indeed, Trump’s former foreign policy advisor is going to have a far easier trip through the court system than most members of the Trump campaign, Transition and White House staff.
Trump’s cronies hurled ad-hominem insults at Papadopoulos to try and downgrade the globe-trotting campaign advisor.
The fact remains that George Papadopoulos met with Middle Eastern heads of state before joining the Trump campaign, indicating at least a minimum level of diplomatic expertise, not to mention his later meeting the most pro-Putin politician in Greece, in Athens, when the Russian President was visiting, during the presidential campaign.
Nobody can say yet if Papadopoulos will be viewed as the new John Dean, but his place in history as the first convicted former Trump advisor is already secure.