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Papadopoulos 'can't guarantee' he never told Trump campaign about Russian dirt on Clinton
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papdadopoulos says he does not recall if he told his colleagues that Russia had damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but would not rule it out.
"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign," Papadopoulos said in a CNN interview that aired Friday just after he was sentenced to 14 days in prison for making false statements to investigators.
"I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so," he added. "I can't guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign."
Asked in a separate interview with The New York Times about his whether his refusal to issue a ironclad denial leaves wiggle room for people to believe he passed the information to the campaign, Papadopoulos responded, "that's all I can say."
"I don't think I'm really leaving myself any wiggle room at all because probably 99 percent of my communication with the campaign was over email," he continued.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of lying to FBI agents last October in the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, and whether the Trump campaign was involved.
Papadopoulos was told by a Kremlin-linked professor that Russia has thousands of emails that could damage Clinton's bid for the presidency. The adviser then told an Australian diplomat about the development, a fact the FBI used to open an investigation into Russia's election interference.
The former outside adviser cooperated with prosecutors, but special counsel Robert Mueller's team has indicated it did not bear much fruit and moved ahead with sentencing.
If Papadopoulos did inform the campaign about damaging information possessed by the Russians, it could add fodder to Mueller's investigation probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Trump and his advisers have repeatedly denied there was collusion during the 2016.