George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE reportedly lied to FBI agents out of loyalty to President Trump, according to ABC News, citing a source “with direct knowledge” of the special council's Russia investigation.
Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy aide on the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty last month to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian nationals during the campaign. According to the court documents, Papadopoulos offered to set up a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin during the campaign.
The charges and guilty plea were unsealed last month as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
The source told ABC that Papadopoulos lied to the FBI because he did not want to contradict the president’s denouncement of claims that his campaign had contact with Russian officials.
Since the revelations about Papadopoulos’s admission surfaced, Trump and other officials have tried to distance themselves from the former aide, calling him a low-level “volunteer” and “the coffee boy.”
But more information about Papadopoulos’s role in the campaign shows that he often represented the campaign in meetings with foreign officials and in other public engagements.