Papadopoulos's wife asks Trump to pardon her husband in Mueller probe

The wife of former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFlynn sentencing move spurs questions about duration of Mueller probe Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe MORE on Monday appealed to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE to pardon her husband, who pleaded guilty last year in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe. 

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that her husband was “dedicated and committed” to the Trump campaign. She said his “freedom is challenged” after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last October amid the probe into Russia's election interference. 

“So I trust and hope and ask to President Trump to pardon him. I hope he will,” she said.

Papadopoulos was arrested in July and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. He agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

Trump and the White House quickly sought to distance themselves from Papadopoulos after his plea, dismissing him as a low-level volunteer and a liar.

Papadopoulos has been free on bond since pleading guilty, but Mueller told a judge late last month that he is ready to move forward with sentencing in the case.

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Papadopoulos is one of at least four former Trump associates to plead guilty or be indicted as part of Mueller's probe.

The White House denied in March that it was considering pardons for former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDem warns Trump: 'Obstruction of justice' to fire Rosenstein Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report Former White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report MORE or former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who were both implicated in Mueller's investigation.

The president caused a stir on Monday morning when he declared on Twitter that he has “the absolute right to pardon myself.” He added that he has no reason to do so because he has “done nothing wrong.”

Trump has pardoned five individuals since taking office, including conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio and late heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.