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

The wife of former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosWhite House braces for Mueller report Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Mueller probe figures use fame to pay bills MORE on Monday appealed to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 ManafortWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Manafort to be sentenced for bank, tax fraud in Virginia on March 8 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.