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Papadopoulos claims he misled FBI to protect Trump

Former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. Photo: Youtube screen grab via LinkedIn

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, claims he misled agents about his contact with Russian leadership in order to protect President Trump, a source told ABC News. The source said Papadopoulos didn't want to contradict the official White House stance that there has been no collusion with Russian officials.

  • Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly maintained that the Russian investigation is a "hoax" and a "witch hunt," but Papadopoulos' charges, as well as his admission of guilt, are explicitly linked to attempts at collusion with Russia.
  • Go deeper: The big questions surrounding George Papadopoulos.