Donald Trump supported a proposal to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election campaign, a former adviser has claimed. George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts, claims Trump “nodded with approval” at the suggestion during a campaign meeting. Papadopoulos said Jeff Sessions also supported the proposal, a claim which contradicts the testimony of the Attorney General. Sessions told Congress in November 2017 that he had “pushed back” against the proposal by Papadopoulos at the meeting on March 31, 2016. Trump has said he does not remember much of what happened at the “very unimportant” campaign meeting, which was memorialised in a photo posted on Instagram of roughly a dozen men sitting around a table. “While some in the room rebuffed George’s offer, Mr Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it,” Papadopoulos’ lawyers wrote in a court filing, which argued for leniency ahead of his sentencing next week. Papadopoulos, who admitted lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts, has been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.