Papadopoulos willing to testify before Congress

Papadopoulos willing to testify before Congress
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George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosSchiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Fox & Friends host says program will ‘absolutely’ accept Mueller report findings MORE, a former Trump campaign policy aide, told Politico Wednesday that he is willing to testify before Congress.

"I don't have an issue as long as my lawyers are fine," he said.

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Papadopoulos' overseas activities were the initial trigger for the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

When the FBI cited Papadopoulos' involvement with Australian diplomat Alexander Downer when it opened the probe in Aug. 2016.

Papadopoulos reportedly told Downer he had been informed Russians had obtained thousands of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE's emails by Joseph Mifsud, a professor with ties to the country. Whether Papadopoulos shared this information with the Trump campaign remains a mystery.

Papadopoulos' statement comes after he was sentenced to two weeks in jail for lying to the FBI about foreign interactions on Sep. 7. 

Papadopoulos has gone on the offensive since then, suggesting Western intelligence officials set him up to incriminate Trump's campaign. According to Politico, he gone as far as to say that he is interested in testifying about these claims to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

Senator Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSchiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia 'pretty compelling' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs MORE (D), Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters Wednesday that his committee has not made progress on bringing on Papadopolous to testify.

"The Chairman and I have both indicated that it would be very useful for Papadopolous to testify before the committee, he had put forward some documents, but we have not had an attempt to question him in person," Warner said.

Jacqueline Thompson contributed reporting.