Lawyers for Trump’s ex-campaign aide say Papadopoulos was aiming to be ‘loyal to his master’ by arranging the meeting

Donald Trump “nodded with approval” at the suggestion of a meeting with Vladimir Putin, according to a court filing that seeks leniency for a former campaign aide who lied to the FBI.

Lawyers for George Papadopoulos are seeking probation, saying the foreign policy adviser misled agents during a January 2017 interview not to harm the investigation, but rather to “save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master”.

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