Papadopoulos wants to run for Congress in 2020

Former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosBarr: It would be a crime for president to pardon someone in exchange for their silence Press: What dirt does Putin have on Trump? Tweets, confirmations and rallies: Trump's year in numbers MORE, who was released from federal prison last week, announced in an interview on Friday that he wants to run for office in 2020.

Papadopoulos told The Daily Telegraph that part of his initial plan to join President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE’s campaign and transition team in 2016 was to boost his own platform before running for congress.

“Things just took a different direction,” he said with a smile, “but my end game remains the same. I do want to run for Congress. I’m planning to run for Congress in 2020.”

Papadopoulos was released from prison in Wisconsin on Dec. 7 after serving 12 days for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia-linked officials during the 2016 campaign.

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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October of last year as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

He will now have 12 months of supervised release and will have to serve more than 200 hours of community service as well as pay a $9,500 fine.

Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, currently live in California.

“Now that Los Angeles is home, I just have to find a little Republican enclave somewhere in this part of the world — this part of the country, I should say — and run there,” he told The Telegraph.

The outlet noted that Orange County is the birthplace of former President Nixon.

Papadopoulos is already talking to potential donors before his run.

He is also slated to be the subject of a new documentary series about his relationship with his wife, in hopes to portray “a true image of ourselves to be presented for the first time since I was embroiled in the Russia investigation.”

The series, produced by Los Angeles–based FGW Productions, has already started filming last month.