Foreign policy expert served two weeks in prison for role in FBI sting operation related to Russia hoax…
(Liberty Headlines) George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign advisor who was a key figure in the FBI’s now-debunked Russia collusion probe, is running for the U.S. House seat left vacant by California Democrat Katie Hill following a sex scandal.
Papadopoulos filed paperwork Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. He joins a field with at least three other Republican candidates and one Democrat.
Hill announced her resignation Sunday amid an ethics probe into allegations she and her estranged husband had a “throuple” relationship with a congressional staff member.
Following the initial reports, nude photographs of her romantically posed with a young female were leaked online. The photographs also revealed that she had a tattoo of a Nazi Iron Cross.
Papadopoulos was an unwitting foreign policy expert who became ensnared in the apparent FBI sting, known as Operation “Crossfire Hurricane,” after boasting to an Australian official that he had information related to Russian dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The FBI probe into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign began after revelations that Papadopoulos had learned Russia had thousands of stolen emails related to Hillary Clinton. It later became the focal point of the two-year-long Mueller investigation.
Papadopoulos was allegedly given the information by Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud, a casual acquaintance he had met while visiting Italy.
Papadopoulos eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He was sentenced to 14 days in prison.
An ongoing investigation by the Justice Department reportedly expanded into a criminal probe following a recent interview with Mifsud.
The probe, led by special prosecutor John Durham, is believed to be focused on several high-ranking intelligence heads during the Obama administration.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press