Papadopoulos told a high-ranking campaign official, likely Manafort, in May that 'Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss.'
The special counsel's filing indicates that the official forwarded Papadopoulos' email to another campaign official and wrote: 'Let's discuss. We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.'
William Yeomans, a former deputy assistant attorney general who spent 26 years at the Justice Department, agreed that the Papodopolous guilty plea seemed 'very significant.'