Papadopoulos Lied To The FBI To Protect Trump, Now Is Upset After Being Abandoned
Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who last month pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the Trump campaign, is reportedly “upset” that the White House abandoned him after he lied to protect president Trump.
Papadopoulos is feeling betrayed, ABC News reports, saying that Trump threw him under the bus in the wake of his guilty plea last month for making false statements to the FBI.
According to ABC News’ sources, Papadopoulos lied to the FBI because he had “blind loyalty” to Trump and didn’t want to contradict what the president was saying publicly about his campaign’s contacts with Russia throughout the 2016 election.
However, the report claims that Papadopoulos is now “upset” that the president publicly called him a liar — despite the fact that the reason he lied was to protect Trump.
Last month, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about the nature of his contacts with Russian-linked figures. Among other things, the former Trump campaign aide told FBI agents that he had very limited interactions with an unidentified Russian woman — but agents later learned that he reached out to her with the specific intention of arranging meetings between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials.
Last week, it was reported that Papadopoulos gave special counsel Robert Mueller the names of four people who may now be under investigation — or cooperating with the FBI– as part of his guilty plea.
“The White House should be concerned that Papadopoulos has been wearing a wire for months,” Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said.
Watch the report from ABC News in the video below:
Papadopoulos lied to FBI in "an apparent case of blind loyalty to protect Donald Trump,” ABC News reports, and is “upset the man he tried to protect is now trying to distance himself.” https://t.co/yJ41X7QURP pic.twitter.com/IvPIImrRSd
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 10, 2017