Mueller Probe: Former Trump Adviser Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI Over Russia Ties
And the hits just keep on coming.
Just hours after the first two indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe were announced — a third person has been indicted by Mueller’s team. And this one has already pleaded guilty.
George Papadopoulos — a former aide to President Donald Trump — has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents during the special counsel’s investigation.
Papadopoulos is best known as the aide who tried to broker a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As part of his guilty plea in the case, the finding of the special counsel, according to the statement of facts, is that Papadopoulos did indeed try to set up that meeting and others. The aide tried to claim that his contact with the Russians predated his involvement with the campaign. But the statement of facts read otherwise.
Further, Papadopoulos allegedly took a meeting with Vladimir Putin’s niece in March 2016. He informed then Trump campaign supervisor Paul Manafort of that meeting. Manafort replied “Great work.”
See a key passage of the indictment below, courtesy of MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin:
George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with an influential Russian. This is how it relates to the campaign. pic.twitter.com/iYFPGhq3Ve
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2017
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