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Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI

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George Papadopoulos, former presidential campaign adviser to Donald Trump, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timeline of his communications with a Russian professor during the 2016 presidential election.

On Oct. 30, the U.S. Department of Justice disclosed that authorities arrested Papadopoulos on July 27 for lying to FBI officials. He pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents on Oct. 5, CNBC reports.

The DOJ unsealed Papadopoulos' plea deal after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were charged with 12 federal crimes, including alleged "conspiracy against the United States."

Papadopoulos, 30, worked for the Hudson Institute from 2011 to 2015 before joining the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser in March 2016. Following the 2016 presidential election, he worked as an oil and gas policy consultant, according to CNN.

In March 2016, President Donald Trump name checked Papadopoulos during an interview about his campaign staff.

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"George Papadopoulos, he's an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy," Trump told The Washington Post's editorial board.

After joining the Trump campaign, Papadopoulos reportedly made contact with an unnamed professor with connections to the Russian government who told him in late April 2016 that Russian officials possessed thousands of emails allegedly containing damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos allegedly shared this information with members of the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos also knew a Russian woman with alleged ties to the Russian government. The foreign policy adviser repeatedly attempted to leverage his connections with the foreign professor and the Russian woman to arrange a meeting between Trump and the Russian government.

A Trump campaign official reportedly shot down Papadopoulos' pitch for arranging a meeting between Trump and Russian officials "so as not to send any signal."

On Jan. 27, Papadopoulos told FBI agents he had met with the foreign professor before he joined the campaign and that he never took the professor's promises of Russian dirt on Clinton seriously. He was arrested after special counsel Robert Mueller's team found evidence that contradicted his FBI interview.

Papadopoulos' plea deal indicates he will serve no longer than six months in jail and incur a fine of up to $9,500, unless prosecutors find evidence of any further wrongdoing, The Hill reports.

The former Trump campaign adviser's lawyer, Thomas Breen, released a statement after the DOJ unsealed the plea deal.

"We will have the opportunity to comment on George's involvement when called upon by the court at a later date," said Breen.

Sources: CNBC, CNNThe Hill, The Washington Post / Feature Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Arno News/Youtube, The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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