President Trump has pardoned two more former Trump aides and associates ensnared in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation of Russian election inference.
The FBI in 2016 sent a government investigator masquerading as a research assistant to meet with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos as part of a counterintelligence investigation into the campaign’s ties to Russia.
George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison, said he lied to the FBI to protect the president.
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is strongly considering withdrawing his guilty plea after special counsel prosecutors recommended a six-month jail sentence, according to his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos.
A young, drunken and boastful adviser to the Trump campaign was the improbable spark that ignited the ongoing, widening federal investigation that has consumed most of the president’s first year and so far has netted criminal charges against four former aides.
When news surfaced that Donald Trump’s former campaign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, is cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation, the president tweeted that his former aide was nothing more than a “young, low level volunteer.”
Six members of the Russian government are accused of hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computer during the 2016 presidential election.
George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Trump, is the first campaign aide to plead guilty as part of the special counsel’s widening investigation into possible collusion between the president’s associates and the Russian government.