Papadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense'

Papadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense'
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Former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosWe need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump asked Australian leader to help look into Mueller probe's origins: report US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE celebrated the president's decision this week to direct Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump Matthew Shepard's parents blast Barr's LGBTQ record in anniversary of hate crime law MORE to declassify information related to the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, calling it a sign Trump was going "on the offense."

In an interview airing Sunday with AM 970's "The Answer" in New York, Papadopoulos told John Catsimatidis that his prosecution and the prosecutions of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York City lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island jail by 2026 Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report Cuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn were unsuccessful attempts to force Trump to cooperate with the special counsel investigation.

"They wanted to make an example out of us. They wanted to squeeze us in order to get Trump. It didn’t work," Papadopoulos said in the interview.

"President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE is now on the offense," he continued. "And once he starts declassifying materials — as you probably have been seeing in the media about my case, where I’m basically telling informants that I have nothing to do with the Russians, yet they still use it against me — you might start seeing people on the other side going to jail for conspiracy. And I hope they do."

Papadopoulos added that the federal government targeted him because of his connection to the president and not because of actual wrongdoing.

"Most people who work for Donald Trump, if not all of them, either got bankrupt, their life thrown in a whirlwind, or found themselves in short or long jail sentences. My short answer to you is if the feds want to get you, they’re going to get you," he argued.

Papadopoulos was released from prison in December following his conviction for lying to investigators about foreign contacts. In a new book, he argued that he was pressured into signing a plea agreement with the threat of charges pertaining to working as an unregistered foreign lobbyist.

"I was faced with a choice: accept the charges that I lied or face FARA charges," he said. “I made a deal. A deal forced on me."

"My story is part of a larger story. The story of Trump and the story of stopping Trump, or trying to," he added in the book. "The Trump presidency was the primary target of all this insanity."