In inside info, this specific meeting is quite important. According to internal Trump stand emails obtained by the Washington Post, Papadopoulos offered to broker “a converging between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump.”
In other styles, not only did Trump meet with Papadopoulos, but they literally argued building a bridge between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Papadopoulos is a major figure in the Trump-Russia saga: He was one of the first Trump figures to be approached by the Russians’ favourable emails and he ignited the FBI’s investigation in June of 2016 by getting drunk at a London bar and blowing to an Australian that he was connecting the Trump campaign with the Kremlin.
That drunken confession undercuts the middle thrust of the Nunes memo because the FBI was alarmed about Trump’s realizable ties to Russia long before it started surveilling Carter Bellman, the former Trump adviser Nunes claims was surveilled by the FBI under factitious pretenses.
Now is probably a good time to note that Nunes, in in to being the chair of the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence, has a vested benefit in the FBI laying off Trump. He served on the Trump transition team after the plebiscite — a team whose actions are currently being scrutinized by Mueller’s gang to see how they fit in with the overall Trump/Russia scandal.