George Papadopoulos is the former Trump adviser who pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Russia.
Amid Paul Manafort’s indictment, George’s plea agreement has been made public. The hunky 30-year-old was arrested last July at Dulles Airports and has been cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation on alleged links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
When he was interviewed by the FBI this January, he falsely claimed that he had met two figures with Russian connections before joining the Trump campaign in March 2016. In fact, he met them after joining the campaign.
According to his indictment, George Papadopoulos learned from his connections that Russia claimed to have “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
George Papadopoulos is an international energy lawyer hailing from Chicago. He was Trump’s foreign policy adviser during his presidential campaign. Trump even tweeted a photo with George and his team back in April 2016.
The Chicago, Illinois native is a 2005 graduate from Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois. According to his LinkedIn, from 2005 -2009 he attended DePaul University where he studied a Bachelor of Arts in Political Arts & Government. He also earned a Master of Science from the University of London in 2010. At the time his studies focused ‘on the deleterious effects of low governance and state capacity levels in the Middle East.’
He began his career working as a Research Analyst for the American Hellenic Institute in 2008. From 2011 until 2015 he worked for the Hudson Institute as well. In 2015 he was invited as a speaker to Tel Aviv at Israel’s Energy and Business convention. He is also listed as having worked in London for Energy Stream as an oil and gas Consultant.
That same year he was named Advisor for U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson. 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.
Not much about his personal life is known, but it is believed that he is currently single and has never been married.