Former Trump Adviser Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI in Russia Probe

By Susan Jones | October 30, 2017 | 11:42am EDT
At least one Trump associate has pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI in connection with the Trump-Russia probe. (Screen shot of indictment naming George Papadopoulos)

( - Completely separate from the criminal charges lodged against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, a second indictment unsealed on Monday says a former Trump foreign policy adviser pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI in connection with the Trump-Russia probe.

According to the indictment filed on Oct. 5:


GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, who served as a foreign policy advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (the "Campaign") made material false statements and material omissions during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI'.) that took place on January 27, 2017.

At the time of the interview, the FBI had an open investigation into the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the Campaign and Russia's efforts.

According to the indictment, Papadopoulos falsely told the FBI that his interactions with an overseas professor, who had "substantial connections" to Russian government officials, happened before he became a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

The foreign professor told Papadopoulos that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in "thousands of emails." But Papadopoulos told the FBI “multiple times that he learned that information prior to joining the Campaign."

The indictment says the professor took an interest in Papadopoulos, "only because of his status with the Campaign."

Papadopoulos also told FBI agents that the professor was "a nothing" and "just a guy talk[ing] up connections or something."

But the FBI said Papadopoulos knew that the professor had "substantial connections" to Russian government officials and that he had met with some of those officials in Moscow immediately before the professor mentioned the "thousands of emails."

The FBI said Papadopoulos "repeatedly" tried to use the professor's Russian connections in an effort to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian government officials.

Papadopoulos also lied about a female Russian national whom he met after he had become an adviser to the campaign.

"He believed that she had connections to Russian government officials," and he also tried to use her connections "over a period of months to in an effort to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian government officials."

The indictment says Papadopoulos's false statements and omissions "impeded the FBI's ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals associated with the campaign and the Russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.”

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