Rep. Devin Nunes is the author of a newly declassified document falsely insinuating the FBI misused US surveillance law to go after President Trump under the pretext of investigating Russia. On Monday morning, Nunes went on Fox & Friends, the president's favorite TV show, to discuss Trump's alleged persecution — and told a lie so brazen that there's photographic proof of its wrongness.
The lie concerned George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign's foreign policy adviser who pled guilty to lying to the FBI last year and became a major witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. According to Nunes, Papadopoulos was a completely marginal figure in Trump world. So unimportant, in fact, that Trump never met with him.
"As far as we can tell, Papadopoulos never even knew who Trump was — never even met with the president," Nunes said.
This is not true. We know it's not true because there is an actual photograph of Papadopoulos and Trump together — one that was released by the Trump campaign. It's from a March 2016 meeting of Trump's foreign policy advisory staff; Papadopoulos is highlighted; Trump is on the right: