- Michael Caputo says Papadopoulos’s role in campaign was small
- Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI about interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government
“He never showed up at Trump Tower. Never had any interaction with any of the campaign leaders around me, and the leaders of the Washington office of the campaign didn’t even know who he was until his name appeared in the press,” Caputo told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday.
Caputo, however, suggested Papadopoulos had no serious role in the campaign’s inner workings.
“He was the coffee boy,” Caputo said. “You might have called him a foreign policy badyst, but if he was going to wear a wire, all we would have known now is whether he prefers a caramel macchiato over a regular American coffee in conversations with his barista.”
Caputo added that the former foreign policy adviser’s “contact with alleged Russians is completely beyond the scope of his volunteer duties.”
On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also tried to deride Papadopoulos as a mere volunteer because he was unpaid. But the fact that Papadopoulos was unpaid puts him in line with many on Trump’s campaign and in no way gauges his stature in the operation.
According to previous reporting, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort; his deputy, Rick Gates; Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner; and senior strategist Steve Bannon were all unpaid “volunteers” while doing extensive, high-level work for the campaign.