Former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to false statements to the FBI
Federal court documents unsealed Monday show that George Papadopoulos, a former advisor to President Donald Trump's campaign, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.Posted — Updated
According to court filings, Papadopoulos was seeking contacts between the campaign and foreign operatives with connections to the Russian government.
The former advisor was arrested at Dulles International Airport and charged in late July. He entered a plea deal on Oct. 5, but it was sealed until the indictments of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were made public on Oct. 30.
Papadopoulos said his contact in London, described as "the Professor," told him in spring of 2016 that the Russians had "dirt" on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails."
Some of the contacts made by Papadopoulos were via Facebook Messenger, according to the complaint. Papadopoulos shut down his Facebook account and created a new, different one after being interviewed by the FBI. But the FBI subpoenaed and received records of the account that contained those messages, which went on through the summer of 2016, even after Manafort’s ties to Russia attracted national attention.