Papadopoulos willing to testify before Congress

Papadopoulos willing to testify before Congress
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George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosThe Hill's Campaign Report: Red-state governors races pose test for Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems unveil impeachment measure; Vindman splits GOP George Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat 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.


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 Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats 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 WarnerCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Hillicon Valley: Facebook to remove mentions of potential whistleblower's name | House Dems demand FCC action over leak of location data | Dem presses regulators to secure health care data Senator criticizes HHS for not investigating exposure of millions of medical images 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.