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Who Is George Papadopoulos, Trump Aide Who Lied To FBI About Russian ‘Dirt’?

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A foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to FBI agents about “dirt” he was offered on Hillary Clinton.

George Papadopoulos, 30, pleaded guilty on October 5, but the case wasn’t unsealed until Monday, according to a statement from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

He becomes the third adviser to Trump’s campaign to face criminal charges in the FBI investigation after Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, and his associate, Rick Gates, surrendered on Monday morning.

Papadopoulos reached a plea deal with prosecutors, and has since been cooperating with Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Prosecutors’ statement of the offence alleges Papadopoulos was offered thousands of emails containing “dirt” on Clinton in April 2016 ― months before the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee was known.

On Twitter, Trump boasted that the Manafort and Gates indictments suggested there was “no collusion” with Russia.

But he made no mention of the Papadopoulos guilty plea, which commentators have hailed as “significant”.

Former US Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by President Trump earlier this year, tweeted: “Special Counsel Mueller already has one criminal conviction. And this plea portends more charges to come.”

Rebecca Roiphe, a professor at New York Law School and a former assistant district attorney, noted the publication of Papadopoulos’ plea agreement online sends a certain message.

“You can tell that he’s a cooperator from that,” she told the Daily News. “My only speculation is they’re trying to get people to flip. They’re saying to people, publicly, We have more information than you think you have.” 

According to the statement, Papadopoulos “made material false statements and material omissions” during a January 27 interview with the FBI and was arrested on July 27.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend between no prison time to six months.

 

 

Papadopoulos can be seen in the picture below of Trump meeting with national security advisers, third from left.

Who is George Papadopoulos?

Papadopolous is an international energy lawyer who was on Trump’s advisory team during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported that Papadopoulos is a 2009 graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, before moving to London to get a master’s degree in security studies.

He is currently an oil, gas and policy consultant, according to his LinkedIn page.

Previously, he was an adviser to Ben Carson’s presidential campaign and was the US representative at the Geneva International Model United Nations in 2012. 

The newspaper notes, however, that Papadopoulos “has not left much of a paper trail”, pointing to handful of newspaper op-eds and articles with Israeli news outlets.

All his commentary argues Israel should use the natural gas it has found in the giant Leviathan field offshore in the eastern Mediterranean to build bridges to Greece and Cyprus, and avoid dealing with Turkey at all costs.


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