Papadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal

Former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification Republicans plow ahead with Russia origins probe AG Barr just signaled that things are about to get ugly for the Russia collusion team MORE in a new book claims that he felt forced to accept a plea deal from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE and his team because they threatened to indict him on further charges if he declined.

In his memoir, obtained by Reuters, Papadopoulos writes that Mueller's prosecutors threatened to charge him with failing to register as a foreign lobbyist under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) if he did not admit to lying to investigators about his contacts with a professor who promised compromising information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Bush could strike blow for Biden Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE.


“I was faced with a choice: accept the charges that I lied or face FARA charges,” Papadopoulos wrote in “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE," according to Reuters. “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 reportedly continued. “The Trump presidency was the primary target of all this insanity.”

Papadopoulos has taken shots at the Mueller investigation since his release from custody in December, and has referred to the case against him specifically as a form of “entrapment.”

He suggested in an October interview on Hill.TV that he was entrapped by Western intelligence agencies and ensnared in Mueller's investigation as a result. He said the professor had denied any ties to Russia. 

“If he was really not a Russian operative, and it was known to the Russian intelligence community, as some have reported recently, and his own lawyer has stated publicly that he was actually working on behalf of Western intelligence, then perhaps this is one of the largest cases of entrapment in history,” he told Hill.TV last year.

Papadopoulos also appeared to cheer on President Trump's efforts to attack Democrats and the news media over the Russia investigation's findings over the weekend, tweeting “time to hit back” following the release of Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrIt wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Trump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization MORE's summary of Mueller's final report, stating, “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

Papadopoulos has also repeatedly maintained his loyalty to Trump in public social media postings since last year.

“I NEVER flipped against the president. What I did do, however, is expose the corruption of this ‘investigation’ for the world to see. The legacy is what matters now, how history remembers these days. Silence during these critical days was never an option. All must be exposed,” he tweeted in November.