In New Book, Papadopoulos Claims He Was ‘Duped’ By FBI Into Guilty Plea

Foreign policy advisor to US President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive at US District Court for his sentencing in Washington, DC on September 7,... Foreign policy advisor to US President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive at US District Court for his sentencing in Washington, DC on September 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 26, 2019 9:05 a.m.

In a new book obtained by the Wall Street Journal, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is attempting to rewrite history.

In the book, “Deep State Target,” Papadopoulos reportedly outlines his interactions with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators and suggests he was “duped” by agents into admitting guilt for lying to the FBI, a charge that he served 14 days in prison for.

“I realize I misspoke to the FBI,” he reportedly wrote. “The ‘lie’ I was charged with … certainly wasn’t intentional. …  I had to use those words and own them because those were the charges the prosecutors insisted on hitting me with. I am truly sorry I didn’t get the dates right when I talked to the FBI agents. Still, I was never told what my false claims were.”

Papadopoulos — whose drunken conversation with an Australian diplomat during the 2016 campaign helped spark the Russia probe — was charged and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a professor named Joseph Mifsud, who allegedly told him that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

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