Thanks to the release of the Nunes memo — which quickly blew up in the Republican Party’s collective face — we now know for certain that the FBI first began investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to the campaign, bragged to an Australian diplomat that Russia was in possession of Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails.
Since then, Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. In response, the Trump team has tried to play down his involvement in the campaign. Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo went so far as to call Papadopoulos a simple “coffee boy.”
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has morphed into a loyal factotum of Donald Trump, recently made the absurd claim that he didn’t think Papadopolous had ever even met Trump personally, despite the fact there are photographs of both men together in a meeting. They’re all lying, and their stories don’t stand up to even brief scrutiny.
Now, The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand reports that Papadopolous’s fiancée Simona Mangiante unleashed a tweetstorm in defense of him by retweeting stories about his prominence in the Trump campaign, in direct refutation of the official Trump line now that he was simply a low-level staffer.
One mentioned numerous prominent roles Papadopolous played, including writing speeches and meeting with foreign leaders. She also retweeted a message from George Stephanopoulos quoting her, in which she said that her fiancee never did anything during the campaign without permission.
Clearly, Mangiante isn’t content to stand by and watch the president and his cronies use her fiancée only to unceremoniously abandon him. She is determined the expose the truth.
If what she says is true, and Papadopolous has email records showing that Trump and his minions are lying to the American people, it’ll bring the Trump presidency one step closer to collapse.
George Papadopoulos' fiancee, @simonamangiante, is in the middle of a tweet/retweet storm of stories about how Papadopoulos played a high-level role on the campaign and never did anything without permission. pic.twitter.com/LPgsow46SZ
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 6, 2018
-Helped write Trump’s first major foreign policy speech
-Met with leaders in Greece, Cyprus, Israel, UK.
-Set up meeting between Trump and el-Sisi
-Spoke to Greek-Americans 2 days before election and said that Trump thought it was important for him to be there. https://t.co/aG2tjysLta
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) February 6, 2018
Papadopoulos' fiancee tells me he "never took an initiative without the blessing of the campaign" and he was "constantly in touch with higher level officials of the campaign" https://t.co/DsIDXsAzNR @ABC pic.twitter.com/oBedxVrlmq
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) December 8, 2017