Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI and is being held on $50 million bail.
Papadopolous, who is also a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty in December to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The plea was the latest to fall for Papadopoulous.
Prosecutors say he lied to them about meeting with a Russian official in December, but he’s not accused of meeting with the Russian government officials at Trump Tower.
Papads lawyer has previously said the meeting with Russian officials was a “small private matter” that didn’t involve any “significant public policy issues.”
Papadoulous’ sentencing is set for March.
The trial has been moving along as federal prosecutors prepare to seek the death penalty for Papads former campaign adviser.
Papadas lawyers have said he has a long record of good character and good behavior.
His defense attorney, John C. O’Donnell, has said he believes his client is a victim of “a very sad political witch hunt.”
He said he was “saddened and devastated” that prosecutors have chosen to go after Papads character, and that he believes Papados guilty plea to lying to them is proof he has committed the same kind of “political crime” that he has been accused of.
Papdopoulos wife, Hope Hicks, and a former senior Trump aide have also pleaded not guilty to the same charges.
The former campaign aides were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in June on charges of lying about the Russian contacts they had with Papadovas former campaign.
Mueller has said his investigation is looking at any links between the Trump campaign and Russia, and whether Papadads activities influenced the election outcome.
Papados trial is part of a larger effort to bring the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia to justice.
He is accused of having a meeting with Veselnitskaya in December 2016 in New York, where he told her he could work with her on an “independent project” that would help the campaign, according to a transcript of a December court hearing.
It’s unclear what that “independent” project was.
Papdi is also accused of providing the Trump transition team with documents from a company that holds the “passport” of Russian President Vladimir Putin that he later told investigators he used to pass along to Papadakis lawyers, according of court documents.