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Trump adviser pleads guilty

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Former Trump foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 (the government’s charging document was unsealed on Oct. 31) to lying to the FBI about ties with Russian officials, according to Politifact. George Papadopoulos joined the 2016 Election campaign in March, where he tried to set up meetings between the campaign and Russian officials through a professor. This professor claimed to have compromising information on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

In a meeting with campaign officials,which included Trump himself, Papadopoulos told them about his Russian ties and the possibility of arranging meetings between Trump and Putin.  The White House stated that Papadopoulos wasn’t a major player in the campaign.

Many Americans have questions surrounding Russia’s involvement in the campaign.

“I don’t have a clear image of it. I would be curious about how this affects the American people. I know it affects Trump and stuff, but how does it affect the American people in the long run,” sophomore Payton Buch said.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating possible ties to Russia since May. So far, charges have been filed against two former advisers to the campaign: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. In addition to Papadopoulos’ guilty plea, this has caused a lot of controversy.

“I think you’ll hear lots of different ideas about the timing of this and why it is going on, but for me it’s more about what this information will do rather than when it occurs,” Buch said.

Others, however, believe the investigation isn’t going fast enough.

“I think [the investigation] needs to go faster, but I know they had to indict the one guy because if you wait too long legally you can’t, but I think they need to indict more people because we shouldn’t have them still working if they have done the things they are charged of,” sophomore Hope Fenwick said. “I hope they get all of their cases good enough so they can convict the people they need to.”

As the investigation continues and more questions are raised, the political world will wait to learn about the truth.

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