Former Trump Advisor George Papadopoulos Asks Twitter for Donations so He Can 'Live Normal Again'

After being sentenced last month to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI in connection with its ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, former Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos has appealed to Twitter users to donate money to him so he can "live normal again."

Sharing the link to a GoFundMe page, which appears to have been set up four months ago and has so far raised more than $14,300, Papadopoulos listed a string of reasons for why he and his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, who he recently married, needed financial support.

"I still have travel restrictions, not allowed to access my business network for the last two years, elements of the government have paused my wife’s work visa because she spoke out in my defense," Papadopolous claimed.

"Contributions appreciated until we are exonerated and allowed to live normal again," he said.

Papadopoulos, 31, was the first Trump official to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and into possible collusion between the country and Trump's campaign team.

He was sentenced last month to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about his interactions with overseas professor Joseph Mifsud, who had allegedly claimed to have "dirt" on Clinton and who the former adviser knew had "substantial connections" to Russian government officials.

GettyImages-1028769226 Foreign policy advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive at U.S. District Court for his sentencing in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2018. Papadopoulos has appealed to Twitter users to donate money to help him and his wife 'live normal' again. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

Since his sentencing, Papadopoulos has tried to claim that his meeting with Mifsud was in fact part of a "set up" by British and Australian intelligence officials. 

In an additional tweet on Thursday, Papadopoulos claimed that he has had to spend "six figures" on legal fees, in addition to having to "pause in both my personal and professional life" over what he called a "smear campaign targeted against me."

The 31-year-old's GoFundMe page, which appears to have been set up directly by him, states that "George Papadopoulos, a young man who has devoted his bright career to serve his country and help Donald Trump to become our President, has been the victim of the biggest plot in American political history."

"While honestly working for the Trump campaign, he became the target of many shady forces to sabotage the President," the crowdfunding page states, before asserting that Papadopoulos had a "brilliant career that was violently interrupted." 

"He has been prevented to access his professional network over the last 2 years, which has bankrupted him. Legal fees, and the inability to travel to work were compounded with a fake and disruptive narrative that was used against him to paint him in the wrong light," the page continues.

It adds that the 31-year-old's wife had moved to the U.S. "in the middle of the storm," assumedly, Papadopoulos' conviction, "and became part of an investigation that doesn't belong to her."

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The GoFundMe page claims that Papadopoulos' work visa was put on hold "as a direct result of supporting her husband on TV and social media." 

"This was deliberate to silence two victims," the page states, without providing any evidence to support the claims.

The GoFundMe page states that the newlywed couple are "now facing the most difficult battle of their lives with a smile on their face, which hides the distress and the difficulties that this situation has put them through."

"Nevertheless, George is still fighting for the truth because he is a patriot," it adds. "He loves his country."

In one of his tweets on Thursday, Papadopoulos said that his conviction and jail sentence would not stop him from "exposing corruption." 

"It has only MOTIVATED me to do it faster and more powerful," the former Trump advisor said.

Papadopoulos has not immediately responded to a request for comment from Newsweek for this article.

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