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Report: Papadopoulos Lied to FBI Because He Was Loyal to Trump

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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 10:35 AM

Former Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos claimed he had misled FBI agents out of loyalty to the president, ABC News is reporting.

The network news attributed its information to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

The source tells ABC News Papadopoulos did not want to contradict the official line that there had not been any contact between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

"It's all fake news," Trump said of alleged connections in January. "It's phony stuff. It didn't happen."

A short time later Papadopoulos met with FBI agents about the alleged links and later admitted he had lied during that meeting, the network news reported.

He had first claimed his contacts with a professor who had ties to Russia "occurred before" his time as adviser to the campaign, according to court filings.

"In truth and in fact," the filings read, "the professor only took interest in defendant Papadopoulos because of his status with the campaign."

Trump has downplayed the role of Papadopoulos in the campaign in tweets about former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's indictment.

Manafort and business associate Rick Gates face 12 felony counts, including money laundering, stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Fox News reported.

But despite Trump's comments, Papadopoulos made overseas trips throughout 2016, purportedly on behalf of the campaign, ABC News said.

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