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'Russian collusion was a fantasy': George Papadopoulos blasts Mueller probe for 'setting traps' for Trump campaign and says 'we still need answers' on how the investigation started after being pardoned by the president

 Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has blasted the Russia probe carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller as he claimed that ‘collusion was a fantasy' following his pardon from President Trump.

Papadopoulos appeared on Fox News’ Hannity on Wednesday night to thank the president after he was named among 20 pardons on Tuesday.

Trump revealed another 29 pardons on Wednesday, including those of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his longtime crony Roger Stone, both also convicted in the Mueller probe.

‘I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the president for granting this kindness and mercy towards myself on the cusp of Christmas,’ Papadopoulos said. ‘We’re very grateful and something it’s something I’ll never forget.’

Yet he then hit out at his conviction linked to the Mueller investigation, claiming that he and others in the Trump campaign had been the target of ‘the Obama administration’s intel agencies’ that had ‘set various traps’ as they spied on the president’s 2016 campaign.

‘We still need answers to find out exactly how this whole thing started,’ he added of the probe. 


Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has blasted the Russia probe carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with Fox News as he claimed that ‘collusion was a fantasy' following his pardon from President Trump on Tuesday

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has blasted the Russia probe carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with Fox News as he claimed that ‘collusion was a fantasy' following his pardon from President Trump on Tuesday

Trump granted Papadopoulos a full pardon on Tuesday. He is pictured here as he and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House en route to Mar-a-Lago for Christmas vacation

Trump granted Papadopoulos a full pardon on Tuesday. He is pictured here as he and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House en route to Mar-a-Lago for Christmas vacation

Papadopoulos is among the most controversial of the president's audacious holiday pardons.

Trump awarded a full pardon to the former campaign aide, who admitted to lying to investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI agents about the timing and significance of his contacts with people who claimed to have ties to top Russian officials.

Papadopoulos has accused former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, pictured above, of setting him up during the conviction

Papadopoulos has accused former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, pictured above, of setting him up during the conviction

'The defendant's crime was serious and caused damage to the government´s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,' a sentencing recommendation memo from then-U.S. Special Counsel Mueller had said.

He served 12 days of a 14-day sentence in federal prison, then was placed on a 12-month supervised release.

'I made a terrible mistake,' he told the judge during his sentence hearing. 'In hindsight, lying to federal agents about such a critical issue could have harmed our nation.'

Yet since his release he has railed against investigators and how they caught him, even penning a book titled ‘Deep State Target: How I got caught in the cross hairs of the plot to bring down President Trump’.

He continued with these allegations on Wednesday as he conducted a round of the conservative media circuit to make claims that the Mueller probe was a hoax on Newsmax and in several interviews with Fox.

‘This simply was the weaponization of the Obama administration’s intel agencies, targeting Americans affiliated directly with the rival presidential campaign, to essentially spy on them to find out what this rival presidential campaign was up to and to set various traps for them,’ he claimed on Hannity.

In this photo from President Donald Trump's Twitter account, George Papadopoulos, third from left, sits at a table with then-candidate Trump in March 2016

In this photo from President Donald Trump's Twitter account, George Papadopoulos, third from left, sits at a table with then-candidate Trump in March 2016

Papadopoulos has continued to rail against his conviction despite his pardon

Papadopoulos has continued to rail against his conviction despite his pardon

‘We saw with me, with the perjury trap, and with General Michael Flynn, where Vice President Biden has essentially said we can’t get him on something let’s go after him with the Logan Act, a crime that no one’s been prosecuted for over 200 years.

‘This was essentially an effort to pull the smooth transition of power from the Obama to the Trump administration, and to ensure that if Donald Trump was elected, which he was, to handcuff him to not allow him to govern this country properly.

‘Fortunately, the president fought back, he was resilient, he had a strong team around him,’ Papadopoulos continued to claim.

‘He saw through the nonsense and came out of this stronger than ever and we still need answers to find out exactly how this whole thing started.’


When asked whether he believed that the Mueller investigation had set him up, Papadopoulos responded by stating: ‘Russian collusion was a fantasy.

‘In fact, I would go a step further than calling it a hoax. I called it a premediated counterintelligence set-up by the Obama administration because that’s exactly what seems to have happened here.’

Papadopoulous also referenced the recent appointment of U.S. attorney John Durham as a special counsel in the investigation into the origins of the FBI's probe of the 2016 election. 

Durham was already leading an investigation, but outgoing Attorney General William Barr made the special counsel appointment to make it more difficult for the new attorney general to close it once Biden takes office.  

Papadopoulous also referenced the recent appointment of U.S. attorney John Durham as a special counsel in the investigation into the origins of the FBI's probe of the 2016 election

Papadopoulous also referenced the recent appointment of U.S. attorney John Durham as a special counsel in the investigation into the origins of the FBI's probe of the 2016 election

The ongoing Durham investigation followed Trump's repeated calls to 'investigate the investigators'. 

In May 2019, Trump directed U.S. intelligence officials to assist in that review and gave the attorney general permission to declassify or downgrade information or intelligence that relates to his review. 

On Tuesday, Durham was awarded the authority to use classified information indefinitely in his investigation, a procedural step following his earlier appointment, according to a memorandum issued by Trump. 

'We can’t forget that Attorney General Barr and John Durham have traveled around the globe looking into various clues and viewing various foreign actors that were directly involved, not only targeting myself, but others,' Paapdopoulos claimed on Fox Wednesday. 

'These countries include the UK, Australia, Italy, Ukraine. This was not simply an FBI investigation going rogue.

'Given that John Durham has now recently been appointed a special counsel, just weeks before Joe Biden might or might not ascend to the presidency, it makes it even more monumental and something that I believe will directly impact Joe Biden’s potential presidency more so than even the Trump administration,' he concluded. 

Papadopoulous continued his campaign contesting he was set up on Twitter writing on Wednesday night: 'We will stop the great reset.' 

When his pardon was revealed on Tuesday he had also stated: 'I lost friends, business associates and even family over the last years. Had my reputation tore up for a while with fake stories and nonsense.'

Trump announced another round of 29 pardons on Wednesday, giving them to longtime loyalists, after a list of 20 pardons Tuesday. He is pictured here after he touched down in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday night, where he will celebrate Christmas with his family

Trump announced another round of 29 pardons on Wednesday, giving them to longtime loyalists, after a list of 20 pardons Tuesday. He is pictured here after he touched down in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday night, where he will celebrate Christmas with his family 

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As they announced Papadopoulos’ pardon Tuesday, the White House claimed was charged with 'a process-related crime, one count of making false statements,' as part of the Mueller probe, which Trump has repeatedly denounced as a witch hunt.

'Today's pardon helps correct the wrong that Mueller´s team inflicted on so many people,' the White House said.

Trump has now pardoned five people convicted in the Mueller probe, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who pleaded guilty in 2018 to lying to prosecutors; Papadopoulos, Stone and Manafort. 

Papadopoulos and van de Zwann received a full pardon on Tuesday with 18 others, while Stone and Manafort were named on Wednesday's list of 29. 

Trump pardoned Flynn earlier in December. 

Stone also appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson shortly after the news his pardon Wednesday to thank the president, claiming that he had an 'enourmous debt of gratitude to God almighty' for giving Trump 'the strength and courage to recognize that my prosecution was a completely politically-motivated witch hunt'. 

He claimed that there is no truth to any claims that he remained silent during the Mueller investigation in return for a pardon and blasted his conviction as a 'Soviet-style show trial'. 

Stone added claims that the Mueller prosecutors asked him 'to lie' and that 'they wanted me to bare false witness against the president' in return for 'some kind of leniency in sentencing'. 

'I refused to do so so I think that’s what this charge was about from the beginning,' he said of his conviction. 'They must have mistaken me for Michael Cohen, but they had the wrong guy and I refused to do this.' 

Stone concluded that thee would be a 'typical rewriting of history by the left' in claims that he 'traded his silence on misconduct by the president in return for commutation of his sentence and now a pardon'. 

The 29 pardons the White House announced Wednesday night followed a round of 20 pardons on Tuesday, where Trump cleared two former aides convicted as part of Mueller's probe, three former Republican members of Congress, and four Blackwater guards contracted by the government who were convicted in connection with the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad. 

The latest round of pardons also included absolution for the wife of a former Republican congressman, a man with ties to Kim Kardashian, and a Palm Beach socialite with ties to Mar-a-Lago. 

1 comment:

  1. NOTE no pardon for Assange that GAYWAD zioNUT Dick Grinner Grenell setup and arrested FOR Trump but he pardoned Jared 666's DADDY!

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