New Worry for Trump Team: Did Ex-Adviser Wear a Wire? - Page 2

George Papadopoulos is called a 'proactive cooperator,' though meaning is unclear
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2017 12:30 PM CDT

  • Key phrase: Court documents highlighted by Brad Heath of USA Today label Papadopoulos a "proactive cooperator." The documents from Mueller's office say Papadopoulos "indicated that he is willing to cooperate with the government," and hint at the reason his arrest remained under wraps for three months: "Public disclosure ... would significantly undermine his ability to work as a proactive cooperator."
  • Which means what? The documents don't spell out what Papadopoulos did to earn the label proactive cooperator, "but one nerve-racking possible implication is that Mr. Papadopoulos has recently worn a wire in conversations with other former campaign officials," writes former US attorney Harry Litman in the New York Times. "This will surely have members of Mr. Trump's inner circle agonizing about the possibility and wondering who else might have been similarly cooperating with the investigation."
  • Makes sense: Papadopoulos "was a perfect guy to try to recruit for that—young, in over his head, outside the Trump inner circle and therefore owing little loyalty to the administration," writes blogger Allahpundit at Hot Air. Mueller could have threatened a long prison sentence if he didn't help out.
  • Proven tactic: In response to the wire-sting possibility laid out in detail at Hot Air, Jason Zengerle tweets that he once wrote a story for the New Republic about the FBI using "exactly this scenario," and links to it here.

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