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George Papadopoulos is seeking immunity before Senate testimony

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Former
Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos arrives at a
closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight
Committee on October 25, 2018 in Washington,
DC.


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  • George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser for President
    Donald Trump, is seeking immunity before testifying to the Senate
    Intelligence Committee, according to multiple reports.
  • Papadopoulos’ request came the same day he delivered a 7-hour
    testimony to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees as part
    of a probe into previous FBI and Department of Justice
    investigations.
  • The Senate committee is also investigating Russian meddling
    in the 2016 US presidential election.

George Papadopoulos, a 2016 campaign adviser for President Donald
Trump, is seeking immunity before he testifies before the Senate
Intelligence Committee, according to multiple reports.

Papadopoulos’ request reportedly came the same day he delivered a
7-hour testimony to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees
as part of a probe into previous FBI and Department of Justice
investigations that surrounded the 2016 US presidential
elections.

The Senate’s investigation concerns Russian meddling and possible
collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election, for which
Papadopoulos’ ties to Russian officials made him of particular
interest.


CNN first reported
the immunity request, followed up by the
Washington Post, but the status remains unclear.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s
investigation
found last year Papadopoulos had
made at least six attempts
to set up a meeting between the
Trump campaign and Russian representatives throughout the course
of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The former campaign staffer, who was sentenced two weeks in
prison last month for lying to FBI
investigators
, said on Fox News Friday he was
“framed” in the investigation and was considering withdrawing his
guilty plea that concerned conversations that promised “dirt”
from the Russian government on then-Democratic candidate Hillary
Clinton.

Papadopoulos, who Trump has described as a low-level volunteer,
was the first former campaign member to detail knowledge of
Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election
while it was ongoing.

Mueller previously
recommended that Papadopoulos be sentenced to as many as six
months in prison
.

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