Hours after the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and campaign deputy Rick Gates, damning details have emerged about a campaign official.
George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the suspected Russian collusion of the 2016 U.S. election, according to Bloomberg.
Breaking: Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopolous has pled guilty to to making false statements to FBI agents. pic.twitter.com/lTLb6NkYkK
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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to providing false statements to FBI officials in relation to the investigation. The one-time foreign policy adviser's guilty plea is on charges that are different than those applied to Manafort and Gates.
According to documents obtained from the Justice Department, on or about January 27, Papadopoulos provided “false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement[s] and representation [...] about the timing, extent, and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian officials.”
The paperwork is stamped with a date of October 3.
The president took to Twitter earlier Monday to seemingly claim that the many of the charges brought against Manafort dealt with things that happened “years ago.”
Of note is the fact that the false statements made by Papadopoulos came “on or about” January 27, just days after President Donald Trump's inauguration.
The revelation of Papadopoulos's guilty plea — ironically revealed on the same day as the first indictments in the investigation — brings the tally of those who have come into legal hot water as a result of their of Mueller's probe up to three.