Ex-Trump advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents, authorities reveal
A former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor has pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents about contacts with Russian nationals. Court filings say George Papadopoulos was arrested in July and entered a plea deal earlier this month.
According to US media, the advisor to President Donald Trump’s campaign pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to FBI agents about when he met with Russian nationals to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, according to court filings released Monday.
The documents revealed that George Papadopoulos was arrested on July 27 upon arrival at Dulles International Airport from an undisclosed location.
According to the documents, shortly after Papadopoulos learned he would become a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign, he met in March 2016 with a Russian professor who claimed to have “dirt” on Clinton. Investigators say Papadopoulos had told them he met with the professor before he learned of his role in the campaign.
Ten days later, Papadopoulos met with a female Russian national who was introduced to him as a niece of Russian President Vladimir Putin with ties to senior Kremlin officials, investigators said.
Papadopoulos later learned, however, that the woman was in fact not related to Putin.
He told investigators that his correspondence with the woman was superficial when in fact the purpose of the contacts was to set up a meeting between Russian leaders and the Trump campaign, the court filings said.
The filings say Papadopoulos is cooperating with the U.S. government in its ongoing investigation of Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.
Papadopoulos’ attorneys declined to comment on the case.
News of Papadopoulos’ plea deal came on the heels of a separate indictment unsealed Monday of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner Rick Gates.
Earlier Monday, Manafort and Gates surrendered after being charged on 12 counts related to concealing foreign payments, including one count of “conspiracy against the United States.”
OPS! One may correctly assume, 30-year-old Papadopoulos is a Greek-American.