Former Trump 2016 campaign advisor George Papadopoulos celebrated the forgiveness President Trump granted him, while also noting that he cannot break up with his accusers.
Papadopoulos served 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to providing false statements to investigators about the timing of his meeting with a professor with alleged ties to Russia and a Russian citizen. Since then, Papadopoulos said he was framed and said he appreciates the treatment he received from the president.
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“I am absolutely thrilled,” Papadopoulos told Maria Bartiromo of the FOX Business Network on Wednesday morning. “It’s a tremendous time for me and my family, and it came close to Christmas, so it made it even more special for me.”
Papadopoulos now claims that he did not lie about his meeting with the professor, now known as Joseph Mifsud, instead he “remembered badly” when he met him. According to a document signed by Papadopoulos, he told the FBI that Mifsud claimed that Russia had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, including e-mails, but falsely said that he met Mifsud before joining the Trump campaign.
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These conversations proved to be significant, as Papadopoulos later reported part of what was discussed with an Australian diplomat. American officials say the revelation ended up triggering the FBI investigation in Russia, but Papadopoulos believes the whole thing was an orchestrated frame to arrest him.
“It looks like there was a target for me from the moment I joined the Trump campaign,” said Papadopoulos.
Asked if he plans to sue over the treatment, Papadopoulos was evasive, but hinted it was possible.
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“I would like to see what the impact of forgiveness will be on a possible civil case,” said Papadopoulos. “I haven’t made a decision yet, but certainly some high-level lawyers think there is a big case to be brought against the government and we will see what happens.”