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

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

Former Trump campaign aide 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 celebrated the president's decision this week to direct Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report 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 ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA 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 TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress 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."