Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty Over False Claims to FBI in Russia Probe

BREAKINGEx-Trump Campaign Adviser Pleads Guilty Over False Claims to FBI in Russia ProbeUS17:27 30.10.2017(updated 17:58 30.10.2017) Get short URL

The White House is yet to comment on the information. George Papadopoulos, an international energy lawyer, has become the third adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign to face criminal charges in the Russia probe.

According to the US Justice Department, the former US President Donald Trump’s campaign adviser, GeorgePapadopoulos, pleaded guilty on October 5 to making false statements to FBI agents in the Russia probe.

“George Papadopoulos, of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017,” the Justice Department statement says.

The indictment reads that Papadopoulos allegedly lied “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 government officials.”

The White House hasn’t yet commented on Papadopoulos’ indictment, which comes just hours after another former member of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort was charged on 12 counts, including “conspiracy against the US” and money laundering.

Manafort, who worked as an advisor to Ukrainian former President, Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted during violent Maidan protests resulting in a coup in February 2014, has been charged over being engaged in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign in the US on behalf of Kiev.

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US President Donald Trump has already commented on the first charges as part of the so-called Russia probe by saying that Manafort was accused with regard to dealings he had made “years ago”, prior to becoming part of his election team. He has also yet again stated that there was no collusion between his election campaign team and the Kremlin, a claim repeatedly denied by both the US president and Moscow.