WASHINGTON — Lawyers for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos say Donald Trump “nodded with approval” when Papadopoulos suggested he could facilitate a meeting between the Republican candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
That contention is in a sentencing memorandum filed late Friday night. Defense lawyers are seeking probation for Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to the FBI and is awaiting sentencing.
Prosecutors say Papadopoulos should serve at least some prison time.
In the sentencing memo, defense lawyers paint Papadopoulos as a young campaign aide who was in over his head with no experience in Russian foreign policy.
They say he was eager to show his value to the campaign and suggested during a March 2016 meeting that he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.