Papadopoulos Blames ‘Possibly Compromised’ Lawyers for Plea
By Jason Devaney
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who served less than two weeks in prison last fall for lying to the FBI as part of the Russia investigation, thinks the lawyers he had at the time were “possibly compromised” and played a role in getting him time behind bars.
“It’s a very complicated story,” he told Law&Crime Network’s Brian Ross. “There’s been such misunderstanding and misrepresentation about who George Papadopoulos is.”
Papadopoulos added he was certain no collusion occurred between the Trump campaign and Russia, and was then asked a follow-up about whether he had regrets about pleading guilty.
“I have new counsel for a reason,” he said. “I believe my old counsel was possibly compromised.”
Papadopoulos was later asked if he would be interested in receiving a pardon from President Donald Trump, but he said that would not be much help to him.
“A pardon doesn’t actually practically impact my life right now,” he said.
“I was set up, and it was made to seem that I was up to no good [and] working with Russians or Russian intermediaries. I’m not spouting conspiracy theories.”
Papadopoulos’ role in the Russia investigation is complex, and he claims members of western intelligence services created a ruse to make it appear as if he was working with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.
“These were not Russian operatives who were engaging with me but Western intelligence operatives,” he told Ross. “Possibly FBI operatives themselves.”