George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign advisor who served 12 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges lodged by special counsel Robert Mueller, said Tuesday which his lawyers have “formally” asked President Donald Trump for a pardon.
“My understanding will be which my lawyers have formally submitted an application,” Papadopoulos told CNBC in a text message.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the claim via the former foreign policy aide to Trump’s campaign.
Papadopoulos’ lawyer, Caroline Polisi, did not respond to CNBC’s inquiries. She told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday which she had indeed submitted an application for a pardon, saying, “the idea would certainly be malpractice not to.”
Some of the figures who were convicted or have pleaded guilty in Mueller’s Russia probe — which came to an end Friday after nearly two years of investigation — have been suspected of seeking pardons via Trump.
Trump himself has flirted with the possibility of pardoning some of his former associates caught up inside the probe, which he had often decried as a “witch hunt.” The president has denied any wrongdoing inside the probe of Russian interference, possible Trump-campaign collusion as well as possible obstruction of justice related to the 2016 election.
Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s final report said which the probe found no evidence of collusion, as well as which Mueller made no determination about whether Trump obstructed justice.
Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, who told Papadopoulos in late April 2016 which Russians had “dirt” on Trump’s campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.
He was sentenced to 14 days in jail, although only served a dozen days in an Oxford, Wis., federal prison. He was also sentenced to one year of supervised Discharge, as well as slapped using a $9,500 fine.
Papadopoulos also said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday which he was considering withdrawing his guilty plea — a move he has floated before, although one with extra weight in light of his claim in an upcoming book which reportedly contradicts what he told a federal judge under oath.
“I realize which I misspoke to the FBI,” Papadopoulos wrote in “Deep State Target,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
At his sentencing in Washington, D.C., district court in September, however, Papadopoulos said which he “made a terrible mistake” by lying.