'I Was Framed': Papadopoulos Says He May Withdraw Guilty Plea in Mueller Probe
Accuses feds of 'tremendous misconduct.'
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos said Friday morning on "Fox & Friends" that he's considering withdrawing the guilty plea he reached with prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators, told Brian Kilmeade he now believes there was "tremendous misconduct" by the government in his case.
"Given certain information I learned just yesterday that I can't publicly disclose right now, I'm actually even considering withdrawing my agreement I have come to with the government," he said.
Papadopoulos, who was sentenced to two weeks in jail, blamed his former lawyer for the decision to plead guilty in the first place. He said he has "new counsel" and is reviewing his options.
Looking back, he said he believes there was a plot by Western intelligence officials to "assure" there would be an "excuse" to go after Trump if he was elected president.
The 31-year-old former foreign policy adviser testified to Congress behind closed doors on Thursday. His testimony prompted Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) to declare that "there is even a greater confirmation in my mind that there was inappropriate behavior on behalf of the FBI and the DOJ as they initiated this investigation" into the Trump campaign and Russia.
Papadopoulos was said to have told an Australian diplomat in 2016 that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. The disclosure, during a night of drinking in London, was part of the catalyst for what would eventually become the Mueller probe.
"I have absolutely no contacts in Russia. I was framed, in many ways," he said.
Author and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said later in the show that Papadopoulos must withdraw his guilty plea.
"For the sake of the country, he must repeal this plea deal," said Bongino, arguing Papadopoulos' only crime was joining the Trump team.
Bongino, author of "Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump," said "devastating" information has come out when it comes to Papadopoulos and potentially "exculpatory" evidence was ignored.
He said the mainstream media has put forth a "fantasy land" story that Papadopoulos was colluding with a Russia-linked professor on releasing Clinton's emails.
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