Judge Andrew Napolitano and former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos reacted to the close of the Mueller investigation, which did not find evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

Napolitano said Papadopoulos, who served a 12-day prison sentence last fall for lying to investigators, appeared to be a victim of the "deep state" crusade against Donald Trump.

Napolitano said it appears Papadopoulos was treated similarly to longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone. 


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The judge asked Papadopoulos, who has since written a book called "Deep State Target," why he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and whether he was in fact guilty.

Papadopoulos said he "foolishly" decided to speak to the FBI at their request in 2017 without a lawyer, with agents telling him he might be able to help answer questions on "national security."

"All of a sudden I'm being interrogated [at an FBI field office]," he recalled, explaining that the agents started with questions about his brief contact with one of the sources of the Steele dossier. 

He said the interview progressed to "strange questions" about his ties to Israel, whether he was "cultivated" by the Israeli government and various questions about Russia, hacking and the Trump campaign. 

Watch the full interview on Fox Nation.

Earlier Tuesday on "Fox & Friends," Papadopoulos said the case against him was "basically fabricated" by Western intelligence and that he knew the collusion narrative was a "hoax."

Later on Tuesday, Papadopoulos said his attorneys requested a pardon from President Trump and if granted, he would be "honored to accept it."



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