One of the foreign policy advisers for President Trump’s 2016 election campaign has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ on Monday said that George Papadopoulos “made material false statements and material omissions” during an interview with FBI agents earlier this year.
Papadopoulos then pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the agents last January while they probing potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s election bid.
Prosecutors charged Papadopoulos with lying to investigators about conversations with “an overseas professor.
The professor told him the Russians had “dirt” on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
Papadopoulos also acknowledged lying to FBI agents about his contacts with a representative from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Trump aide told the FBI that his conservations with both happened before he joined the Republican’s election bid, statements contradicted by the DOJ’s timeline.
Papadopoulos, 30, entered the guilty plea in a closed courtroom in Washington, D.C. on October 5.
The just-unsealed indictment resulted in a single felony count against Papadopoulos and is not the only indictment regarding Trump’s campaign unsealed Monday.
The indictment against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, his former business associate, were also unsealed earlier that morning.
The pair were indicted by a federal grand jury last Friday in D.C. as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election meddling last year.
The indictment contains 12 counts including conspiracy against the U.S., conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principle.
The case also features charges of false and misleading FARA statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
The indictment was unsealed on Monday after Manafort and Gates were permitted to surrender themselves into FBI custody in relation to the charges.
Mueller is probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 race, including possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a “witch hunt” against him and his administration officials.