We knew the fallout from the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was coming, and now one of the targets of the investigation is finally speaking out.
George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI in the course of the special counsel probe, said his legal team has officially requested a pardon from the president.
“My lawyers have formally asked for a pardon. If it’s granted, I would be honored to accept it,” he told Fox News on Tuesday.
Gag Order Lifted
Now that the investigation is finally over, Papadopoulos can finally defend himself against the charges made against him during the special counsel investigation. On the Mueller report, Papadopoulos said Tuesday, “Oh my goodness. From day one, I knew this entire thing was a hoax.”
“Unfortunately, I just couldn’t speak. You know, I basically had a gag order on me,” he added.
According to Papadopoulos, who is considering withdrawing his guilty plea, his case was all based on a lie. “There has been so much misinformation about what my real case was all about,” Papadopoulos stated.
He added, “It was about a professor I met in London who the FBI told the world was a Russian agent.”
Manipulating His Testimony
Papadopoulos recounted what seemed like a strongarm attempt by the Mueller team to get Papadopoulos to say what they wanted him to say, rather than what actually happened. He stated, “As I am talking to Mueller’s people and they are trying to get me to say something that I know is not true, I just couldn’t. I had to stick to the facts, the truth.”
For telling “the truth,” Papadopoulos was rewarded with an indictment that led to an eventual plea deal. Now, however, since the report has exonerated Trump, Papadopoulos is hoping the President will look upon him kindly.
According to the former adviser, Papadopoulos’ attorneys have already filed the petition for a pardon from President Trump. Papadopoulos has also put his account of the entire ordeal into a book, titled, “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump.”
While pardons for Manafort and Stone are probably not likely to happen until the end of Trump’s term in office, Papadopoulos might be something else altogether.
This may be something Trump is willing to entertain just as a way to stick it to Dems as well as dictating their focus, as they will surely harp on a pardon for weeks or even months, shifting their focus from the real issues at hand.