Trump Pardons Former Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos

President Donald Trump pardoned former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos on Tuesday, along with over a dozen other people, including several former congressmen who have long been Republican allies of the president.

Papadopoulos, best known for playing a key role in the lengthy investigation into Russian election interference, thanked the President in a Twitter post.

He went on to say:

Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser on Trump’s 2016 campaign, told an Australian diplomat while they were having drinks at a London wine bar that he’d heard that Russia had thousands of emails that would embarrass Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

He was sentenced to 14 days in a federal lockup and one year of supervised release in September 2018 for lying to investigators.

After he was released from prison, Papadopoulos wrote a book called “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump,” and ran a failed campaign for Congress.

By pardoning Papadopoulos, Trump once again took aim at special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, part of a broader effort by Trump to undo the results of the investigation that yielded criminal charges against a half-dozen associates.