Monday, October 30, 2017

Think Tanker Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI in Russia Probe

Former Donald Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who was affiliated with the Hudson Institute for years, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts he had with the Russian government in 2016 relating to US-Russia relations and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Here is more about Papadopoulos's affiliation with the conservative think tank:

Papadopoulos lists on his LinkedIn that he was a research fellow for the Hudson Institute, a conservative think-tank in Washington, DC, for four years.
“Our records indicate that Mr. Papadopoulos started at Hudson Institute as an unpaid intern in 2011 and subsequently provided research assistance on a contractual basis to one of our senior fellows," the Hudson Institute said in a statement to ABC News.
"Mr. Papadopoulos was never a salaried employee of Hudson Institute, we have had no relationship with him since 2014, and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on legal proceedings of which we have no knowledge and to which we are not a party.”

Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post about Papadopoulos.

The Daily Caller is reporting that Papadopoulos's foray into politics began when he was recommended to the Ben Carson campaign team by someone from the Hudson Institute.

It has been reported that while at Hudson, Papadopoulos worked for Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of the think tank's Center for Political-Military Analysis.

Previously, Weitz said that Papadopoulos "is a very productive, outgoing, and enthusiastic member of our team.  He is knowledgeable about a range of issues and always eager to learn more.  [He] would be a great asset to any team."

In related Hudson news, the think tank recently faced a powerful cyber attack that took its website offline.