President Donald Trump‘
On Tuesday, the convicted felon put out an interesting theory about his admitted law-breaking on Twitter dot com. In a single tweet sent at 2:29 p.m. he wrote:
I have no idea what Paul Manafort was doing with his taxes decades ago, but I don’t even think he was entrapped to the extent I was by four intelligence organizations looking for an excuse to sabotage Trump.
In an August 2018 interview, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, Papadopoulos’s wife, expressed the desire that her husband might “find a lawyer to drop off his plea agreement and sue the government.”
A couple weeks later Law&Crime reported that it looked like Papadopoulos was fishing for a pardon from Trump in a strangely-worded sentencing memo in which his attorneys referred to their client as “Young George” and in which they referred to then-candidate Trump as Papadopoulos’ “master.”
National security expert Marcy Wheeler noted that aside from the bizarre verbiage, the sentencing memo also “provide[d] an excuse for to repeat, again, in case Trump missed it the first time, that Papadopoulos lied and continued to lie about telling the [Trump 2016] campaign about the [stolen Hillary Clinton] emails.”
Those apparent bids didn’t quite work out.
On September 7 of this year, the man once disparaged as a “coffee boy” was sentenced to 14 days in prison and one year of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during Robert Mueller‘s wide-ranging Russia probe.
As recently as Sunday, Law&Crime reported that the Papadopouloses have taken to the extreme fringes of the conservative media echo chamber in order to make a renewed case that the convicted spouse might yet be able to change his guilty plea for some unknown, allegedly shadowy reason.
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