It seems like that'd explain everything—why Papadopoulos was hired; how Mifsud knew Papadopouos would be in Italy; why Mifsud was the man the Kremlin chose to meet him.
(a) It's clear Papadopoulos' plea deal cleared the way for Mueller snatching Michael Flynn with *maximum inculpatory evidence*.
(b) There's ample reason to think Flynn was behind Trump's February 2016 NatSec hires.
1) The ECFR had 50 members in 2007 and ~270 in 2018, so who knows how many it had in 2014 or 2015, when Alptekin would've met Mifsud?
2) Look at the *research groups*.
The temporal association between Papadopoulos' fall from grace in Trumpworld and Flynn's matches up *just as their plea deal timings appear to be coordinated*. Both had to go at the same time.