Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleads guilty in Mueller probe

George Papadopoulos (born c. 1987) is an American former foreign policy adviser who briefly served in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about contacts he had with the Russian government in 2016 relating to U.S.-Russia relations and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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Papadopoulos was an “unpaid intern” at the Hudson Institute in 2011 and later “provided some contractual research assistance to one of our senior fellows”, according to the Insitute’s director of public affairs.  During his time at the Hudson Institute, between March 2011 and Sept 2015, his research associate duties included being in charge of an Eastern Mediterranean Energy Security Project , that analyzed the impact of Caspian hydrocarbon reserves and serving as liason between countries like Egypt, Greece, Israel and Lebanon.

SManalysis: George Papadopoulos (J) and others, Meet Donald Trump's Foreign Policy AdvisersAlmost all his work appears to have revolved around the role of Greece, Cyprus and an Israeli natural gas discovery in the eastern Mediterranean  He has written an oped piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and three articles for Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news site. He has given an interview on another Web site.  His points in all of them boil down to this: Israel should use the natural gas it has found in the giant Leviathan field offshore in the eastern Mediterranean to build bridges to Greece and Cyprus – and avoid dealing with Turkey at all costs. Any extra gas could be sent to Egypt, which Papadopoulos said already has liquefied natural gas plants for importing gas.

The LinkedIn page of George Papadopoulos lists Model UN as his credentials.   Further outlined are his credentials as finalist in 2011 UNESCO forum in Paris as well as several speaking engagements at policy and gas and oil conferences in Europe, Middle East and US. Continuing it states that he has had meetings with the president of Cyprus and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.  It also lists among his awards and honors that he was U.S. Representative at the 2012 Geneva International Model United Nations. (See LinkedIn profile Summary below)

Beginning in December 2015, he served on the National Security and Foreign Policy Advisory Committee for Ben Carson’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  Carson’s website says Papadopoulos “designed the first ever project in Washington, D.C. think-tank history on U.S., Greece, Cyprus and Israel relations at a symposium entitled ‘Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Emerging Strategic Relationship of Israel, Greece and Cyprus.’ ”

Papadopoulos joined Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as an unpaid volunteer in March 2016 where he performed similar tasks.  Three days after joining Trump’s campaign, Papadopoulos sent emails concerning Vladimir Putin to seven campaign officials. Court documents show that an unnamed Trump “campaign supervisor” encouraged Papadopoulos to fly to Russia to meet with agents of the Russian Foreign Ministry, after being told that Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton it wished to share with Trump’s campaign.

George Papadopoulos | Professional ProfileBetween March and September 2016, he made at least six requests for Trump to meet with Russian politicians. Papadopoulos’s Russian contact told him that the Russian government had thousands of Clinton’s emails and supposed “dirt” on Clinton. This occurred before the hack of Democratic National Committee and of John Podesta’s emails, both of which are believed to have been carried out by Russia. Court documents also indicate he tried to arrange these meetings without success.  The initial offers by Papadopoulas went nowhere with the Trump foreign policy campaign team but he persisted.  Hesitation due to possible violations of US sanctions against Russia and of the Logan Act, which forbids US citizens from unauthorized negotiations with foreign governments was the concern of the Trump team in participating in the repeated requested meetings.  He emailed Corey Lewandowski in April 2016, “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right.”  as well as forwarding emails from Ivan Timofeev, a senior official of Russian International Affairs Council, about a Moscow trip.  In May, Paul Manafort replied to one such request by saying that “Trump is not doing these trips. It should be someone low-level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”

With Russia investigation of Trump campaign, plenty to see hereThree months later in June 2016; Manafort, Trump Jr and Kushner met with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, concerning opposing candidate Clinton.  This meeting cast doubts on the Trump team for appearing to collude with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  In an interview about Russia–United States relations with Interfax in September 2016, he said that Barack Obama had failed to follow through on his promises to cooperate with Russia, citing the lack of joint efforts against terrorism.

After Trump became President of the United States in January 2017, Papadopoulos worked as an independent energy and policy consultant. During this time he also lobbied for Israeli energy cooperation and later even met with Israeli settler leaders when Trump was president elect.

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos pleads guilty in Mueller prob...Papadopoulos was arrested at Washington Dulles Airport on July 27, 2017, and he has since been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  On October 5, 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents relating to contacts he had with agents of the Russian government while working for the Trump campaign.  Several documents related to his plea agreement (shown below) were made public on October 30, 2017, the day Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were arrested on unrelated charges.

Wolf Blitzer Confuses George Papadopoulos With George Stephanopoulos

“Jim, tell us first of all more about the case against George Stephanopoulos — Papadopoulas, I should say, George Papadopoulos, whose role was very significant in this investigation,” Blitzer said.


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Guilty plea By

Case 1:17-cr-00182-RDM *SEALED* Document 18 Filed 10/05/17 Page 1 of 9
U.S. Department of Justice
The Special Counsel ‘s Office
Washington, DC. 20530
October 5, 2017 FILED Thomas M. Breen, Esq. OCT – 5 2017 Robert W. Stanley, Esq. Breen & Pugh Clerk, U.S. District and Monadnock Building Bankruptcy Courts 53 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 1215 Chicago, Illinois 60604
Re: United States v. George Papadopoulos Criminal Case No. ~ Ii ) “‘-. lr le, \ iO, L’2.))f\ S’E)YLEf)…_)

Dear Mr. Breen:
This letter sets forth the full and complete plea offer to your client, George Papadopoulos (hereinafter referred to as “your client” or “defendant”), from the Special Counsel’s Office (hereinafter also referred to as “the Government” or “this Office”). This plea offer expires on October 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. If your client accepts the terms and conditions of this offer, please have your client execute this document in the space provided below. Upon receipt of the executed document, this letter will become the Plea Agreement (hereinafter referred to as “this Agreement”). The terms of the offer are as follows:
1. Charges and Statutory Penalties
Your client agrees to plead guilty to the Criminal lnformation, a copy of which is attached, charging your client with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in violation of I 8 U.S.C. § 100I.
Your client understands that a violation of I 8 U.S.C. § 100 I carries a maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment; a fine of$250,000, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 357l(b)(3); a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years, pursuant to 18 U .S.C. § 3583(b )(2); and an obligation to pay any applicable interest or penalties on fines and restitution not timely made.
In addition, your client agrees to pay a special assessment of $100 per felony conviction to the Clerk of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Your client also understands that, pursuant to I 8 U.S.C. § 3572 and § 5El .2 of the United States Sentencing Commission, Guidelines Manual (2016) (hereinafter “Sentencing Guidelines,” “Guidelines,” or “U.S.S.G.”), the Court may also impose a fine that is sufficient to pay the federal government the costs of any imprisonment, tenn of supervised release, and period of probation.


Statement of Fact of Guilt By US DOJ

Case 1:17-cr-00182-RDM *SEALED* Document 19 Filed 10/05/17 Page 1 of 14
Criminal No.: l7 (<: . \’3 :1 (Q..:)M..) SEYt’U:-‘LJUNITED STA TES OF AMERICA
v. Violation: 18 U.S.C. § 1001 (False Statements) GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS,
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, the United States of America and the
defendant, GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, stipulate and agree that the following facts are true
and accurate. These facts do not constitute all ofthe facts known to the parties concerning the
charged offense; they are being submitted to demonstrate that sufficient facts exist that the
defendant committed the offense to which he is pleading guilty.
1. The defendant, GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, who served as a foreign policy
advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (the “Campaign”), made material false
statements and material omissions during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(“FBI’.) that took place on January 27, 2017. At the time of the interview, the FBI had an open
investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,
including the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Campaign and the
Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the Campaign and
Russia’s efforts. The FBI opened and coordinated the investigation in Washington, D.C.
2. Defendant PAPADOPOULOS made the following material false statements and
material omissions to the FBI:



George Papadopoulos
Former Advisor at Donald J Trump for President
Greater New York City Area  Political Organization
Independent consultant
Donald J Trump for President, London Centre of International Law Practice, Ben Carson for President 2016
University College London, U. of London

President Trump recommendation about me: “George is an oil and gas consultant; excellent guy.”

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, recommendation about me: “A distinguished individual.”

Along with the U.S. State Department nominating me as a top five finalist to represent the United States at the 2011 emerging leaders UNESCO forum in Paris, France, I have been invited to participate in business, policy and oil and gas conferences in the U.S., Europe and Middle East. I have shared panels with members of Congress, prime ministers and CEOs of multi-billion dollar corporations. In Washington D.C, I have spoken at the Washington Times forum on energy.

During the trips and conferences, I was able to utilize my analytic skills by exchanging ideas with prominent leaders of the Middle East and Europe on how to improve strategic, business and political relations with the United States.

Academically, after completing my MSc from University College London with honors, I was accepted to the London School of Economics for a second MSc in International Political Economy (9% acceptance rate)–politics and economics. I ultimately decided to work in the policy arena in Washington D.C. after my studies in London. From March 2011 to September 2015, I worked as a Research Associate at the world renowned think tank, Hudson Institute.

My commercial work has been published in prominent think tanks in Washington D.C., the Cypriot as well as the Israeli press. I have written policy and energy reports for Cambridge University. Current member of the International Presidential Business Advisory Council (Cyprus). Strong background in business, energy, policy and finance.

Oil, gas and policy consultant
Independent consultant
January 2017 – Present (10 months)
Currently a member of the International Presidential Business Advisory Council (Cyprus).
Donald J Trump for President
March 2016 – January 2017 (11 months)

Director-Centre For International Energy and Natural Resources Law & Security
London Centre of International Law Practice
February 2016 – April 2016 (3 months)London, United Kingdom
Advisor for U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson
Ben Carson for President 2016
November 2015 – February 2016 (4 months)

Oil and gas consultant
Energy Stream
September 2015 – December 2015 (4 months)London, United Kingdom
Speaker at Israel’s Energy and Business Convention
November 2015 – November 2015 (1 month)
For the full agenda please see the top link.

Research Associate
Hudson Institute
March 2011 – September 2015 (4 years 7 months)
I worked with three Senior Fellows. My responsibilities included leading an Eastern Mediterranean Energy Security project, liaison between various countries of the region (Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Lebanon), and analyzing the impact of the Eastern Mediterranean and Caspian hydrocarbon reserves on regional energy security.
Research Analyst
American Hellenic Institute
June 2008 – August 2008 (3 months)
My responsibilities included monitoring legislation and congressional hearings, attending briefings at various think tanks, and liaison with Congressional offices. I also conducted research on issues affecting U.S.-Greece-Cyprus relations, prepared memoranda, and drafted letters to the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government.

Honors & Awards
Speaker at ESCP Business School. 2017: The Year of the Bull or the Bear for the Oil & Gas Markets?

February 2017
The panel included:
Kostas Andriosopoulos, Executive Director, RCEM at ESCP Europe
Ronan Lory, CFO, EDF Trading
Spyros Gkinis, Global Head of Commodities Trading, BNP Paribas
Cecile Tibi-Rambal, VP Market Risk Management, Total
David Fereres, Fuel Broking Manager, Libra Fearnley Energy
Vincent de Marcilly, Derivatives Trader, BP
George Kokotis, Senior Portfolio Manager, Cheniere
Antoine Schneider, Oil Markets Analyst, Engie

Martin Read, Managing Director, Smart Global Trading

Mamdouh G Salameh, International Oil Economist & Visiting Professor, ESCP Europe Business School
Liz Bossley, CEO, Consilience Energy Advisors
Desmond Wong, European LNG Managing Editor, Platts
Mike Chapplow, Energy Consultant, Fresh View Consulting
Christopher Purshouse, Financial Market Analyst and Private Portfolio Manager
Speaker at Israel Energy Tech Conference 2016

April 2016
A full list of speakers may be accessed above.
Panel included: Ernest Moniz, US Energy Secretary; Eli Groner, Director-General of Israeli Prime Minister’s Office; Yossi Abu, CEO Delek Energy
Keynote speaker at Energy Stream’s Second Annual London Oil and Gas Conference
September 2015

Speaker at BESA conference in Athens

May 2015
Speaker at the Washington Times Foundation Forum

December 2014
Panelists included:
Myself, Col Bill Cowan, the Hon. Dan Burton (R-IN), Itai Bardov, Political Counselor Israeli Embassy, Nick Welch, Director of International Relations of Noble Energy.

Discussions on the impact of energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean on the security situation in the region.
Keynote Speaker at Energy Stream CMG’s Fifth Annual Eastern Mediterranean Oil and Gas Conference

May 2014
I detailed the geopolitics of the energy trade from the eastern Mediterranean to the European market. I highlighted both risks and opportunities and presented the audience with a comprehensive risk analysis along all levels of the value chain [upstream, midstream, downstream].
Keynote Speaker at Energy Stream CMG’s First Annual London Oil and Gas Conference
Energy Stream CMG

October 2014
As a keynote speaker, I discussed the geopolitics of the energy trade from the eastern Mediterranean; risk analysis of Israel and Cyprus’ various export options; and the burgeoning relations between the U.S., Greece, Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt.
Selected by the U.S. State Department as a top five finalist to represent the United States at the 2011 UNESCO Emerging Leaders Forum in Paris, France.

Keynote speaker at the 2008 American Hellenic Institute Foundation Conference.

Speaker at RNC Convention: America’s role in the world?
RNC Convention (Cleveland)
July 2016
Speakers included:
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)–Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Michael Scharf, dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
David O’Sullivan, head of the European Union delegation to the United States
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Emerging Strategic Relationship of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus
Starting October 2013
The Eastern Mediterranean has reverted to its historic violence. A concrete U.S. strategy to bolster stability in the region has been missing since the beginning of the so-called “Arab Spring.” My vision resulted in the successful completion of the first ever conference on U.S.-Greece-Israel-Cyprus political, commercial, and energy ties. This tripartite relationship that I have promoted has the potential to become the stabilizing link of the post-Arab Spring structure in the Eastern Mediterranean that U.S. policy desperately seeks.
Team members:   George Papadopoulos

The Solution to Cyprus: Famagusta, Energy, and Public Relations
Starting June 2014
My responsibilities included facilitating the Mayor’s presentation on the timely reunification talks in Cyprus and their impact on a wide range of political, security, and energy policies.
Team members:   George Papadopoulos

Turmoil in the Eastern Mediterranean: A View from America’s Allies
Starting November 2014
My responsibilities included designing a private workshop and facilitating Dr. Inbar’s talk at Hudson on the shifting energy and security changes in the eastern Mediterranean.
Team members:   George Papadopoulos

A write up of my meeting with the President of Cyprus
Starting July 2014
A write up of my meeting with the President of Cyprus.
Team members:
George Papadopoulos

Interview in leading Israeli finance newspaper–the Marker
Starting April 2016

Team members:
George Papadopoulos

Know Comment: The Donald’s Foreign Policy
Starting April 2016
Discussion about President Trump’s emerging foreign policy prism.
Team members:  George Papadopoulos

Sanctions have done little more than turn Russia towards China
September 2016
I discuss my views on U.S.-Russia relations, the Syrian crisis, NATO expansion and the dependence of the EU on Russian energy.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

Natural Gas Isn’t Just About Israel
October 2015
Authors: George Papadopoulos

An American Expert Explains The Politics and Alliances in the East-Med
December 2015
An interview on the political, security and commercial impact of Eastern Mediterranean gas.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

Crisis in Greece: Anarchists in the Birthplace of Democracy
Jamestown Foundation
July 2012
My article analyzes the rise of domestic Greek anarchism and terrorism as a counter reaction to both political events, and socio-economic conditions that have fomented extremism.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

An Alternative Approach for Israel’s Energy Exports
March 2014
Authors: George Papadopoulos

No Quick Fix for Cyprus (Work Cited)
Hurriyet daily news
My work on Cyprus was cited in the prestigious Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

Vice President Biden’s Trip to Cyprus: A Lost Opportunity?
American Hellenic Institute Foundation
February 2015
Authors: George Papadopoulos

“What is the greatest global challenge facing youth, and how can American youth help to address it?”
My finalist nomination by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States at the 2011 UNESCO Emerging Leaders Forum in Paris, France.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

U.S. Policy and the Strategic Relationship of Greece, Cyprus and Israel: Power Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean
Hudson Institute
March 2015
I worked with Seth Cropsey on this pertinent and timely piece on the simultaneous political, energy and security changes emerging in the eastern Mediterranean. The report is a timely risk analysis of the various energy export options in the eastern Mediterranean from Israel and Cyprus to both local and regional markets.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

Interview with the Fileleftheros newspaper in Cyprus on the future of Cyprus’ energy market
May 2015
My interview in the “fileleftheros”​ newspaper–Cyprus’ largest and most circulated.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

Analysis: Turkey-Israel Rapprochement Not in the Cards Despite Reports
Jerusalem Post
August 2015
My interview with the Jerusalem Post.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

My meeting with the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades
Famagusta Gazette
July 2014
A review of my meeting with the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.
Authors: George Papadopoulos

A Southern Strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean
Arutz Sheva
January 2014
Authors: George Papadopoulos

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University College London, U. of London
Master of Science (MSc), Security Studies, Upper-Second Class Honors
2009 – 2010
My MSc dissertation, written in November 2010, focused on the deleterious effects of low governance and state capacity levels in the Middle East. My research allowed me to safely infer that the rise of pacified and violent Islamist groups was directly correlated with the aforementioned indicators and the paramount reason that the ‘Arab Spring’ currently reverberates throughout the entire Middle East.

DePaul University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science and Government. Emphasis on International Political Economy.
2005 – 2009

l’Université Catholique de Louvain
Certificate, French Studies
2005 – 2005
Activities and Societies: Completed an intensive French preparatory course.