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Memo: Russian Overtures To Trump Aide Triggered FBI Investigation

The FBI began investigating whether Donald Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's attack on the 2016 election because of George Papadopoulos' drunken night in London.

Overtures by Russian operatives to a junior campaign adviser are what sparked the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, according to a secret memo unveiled on Friday.

George Papadopoulos — who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those contacts — "triggered" the opening of the investigation, it says.

Court documents have described offers Papadopoulos received of "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and "off the record" meetings between him and other campaign aides and Russian leaders.

Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat about these offers on a drunken night out in London, . The

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