Both the Paul Manafort/Rick Gates indictments and the George Papadopoulos statement of charges show that special counsel Robert Mueller is moving forward slowly, deliberately, and with great detail. In the case of Papadopoulos, almost every relevant conversation is documented—with the notable exception of the fact that we’re explicitly told that the facts “do not include all the known facts.” What’s included is just the information that was used to indict Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI. It’s not at all everything he knows about connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
But what’s there is already interesting.
Highlights from Papadopoulos’ statement of charges
(includes some events not in the statement, in italics)
6 March — George Papadopoulos learns that he will be made an official foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. He also learns, from someone who is a “supervisor” in the campaign, that a focus of the Trump campaign is on an “improved relationship with Russia.”
19 March — Clinton adviser John Podesta’s GMail account hacked.
24 March — Papadopoulos meets with a Russia-connected professor and a Russian female that he believes to be an agent of the Kremlin. Following this meeting, Papadopoulos emails both the “campaign supervisor” and “other members” of the campaign and tells them about his meeting, describing it as an effort to arrange a meeting “between us and Russian officials.” The campaign supervisor responds that he will work on it, and tells Papadopoulos “Great work.”
31 March — Papadopoulos attends a “national security meeting” with Donald Trump and informs Trump that he has contacts to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian leadership.
26 April — Papadopoulos meets with professor who tells him the Russian’s have “thousands of emails” containing “dirt” on Hillary Clinton that would be useful to the Trump campaign.
3 June — Rob Goldstone emails Donald Trump Jr to inform him that the Russians have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton as part of a program to help Donald Trump.
9 June — Russian officials and Trump’s senior campaign staff meet in Trump Tower.
1 July — Papadopoulos emails a "High Ranking Official” in the campaign, and asks what to do about a potential trip to Russia. He’s referred back to the "Campaign Supervisor.” Campaign officials pass around a note saying they should send someone “low level” in the campaign so as “not to send any signal.”
27 July — Donald Trump issues a plea to Russians to steal Hillary Clinton’s email.
15 August — After multiple emails to the campaign informing them that Moscow is open to a visit, and that he will make the trip “off the record” if that would be better, a "Campaign Supervisor" tells Papadopoulos “I would encourage you” along with another foreign policy adviser to the campaign “to make the trip if possible.”