George Papadopoulos Says He Was Treated Excellently in 'Trump Country' Prison: 'Let's Say I Have Some Street Cred'

Former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has claimed he enjoyed a certain amount of "street cred" while serving time in a federal prison.

Papadopoulos, 31, served 12 days in jail after admitting lying to the FBI about his contact with London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, who allegedly claimed to have "dirt" on Hilary Clinton during the 2016 election. Papadopoulos has now described how he was treated inside the Wisconsin jail.

"It was Trump country, OK?" Papadopoulos told MSNBC host Ari Melber. "Oxford, Wisconsin, is Trump country, it's a population of around 800 people. I think the federal minimum-security camp I was at was one of the major jobs that people have at Oxford.

"Quite frankly, I was treated excellent. Let's say I had some street cred," he added.

When asked by Melber if the other inmates saw him as a celebrity or a fighter, he replied: "They considered me as [a political celebrity] and as a fighter and that counts for street cred when you get into a place like that even though I was dealing with a lot of doctors, lawyers, businessmen involved in similar crimes like Paul Manafort or Michael Cohen, so it wasn't a dangerous place."

Papadopoulos described how the prison he was incarcerated in was "cleaner than my university dorm," adding that it had its own softball stadium.

Elsewhere during the lengthy interview, Papadopoulos said he wasn't surprised that Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report said there was no evidence that Trump and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

"Unfortunately, I know it's probably going to bother a lot of people watching this, but I fully expected that there was going to be no collusion," he said.

"I wanted Bob Mueller to follow the facts wherever they went, I had no issue with that. When I was cooperating with Mueller, I gave him full access to all my devices, let him do whatever he wanted. I was an open book to his guy, so I wasn't trying to hinder him."

The interview aired as Caroline Polisi, Papadopoulos's lawyer, said she has submitted an application to the White House requesting that Trump pardon him for his crimes.

"It would be malpractice not to," Polisi told The Washington Post. "We submitted it prior to the investigation coming to an end, but the results of the investigation only strengthen our arguments."

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Papadopoulos leaves the U.S. District Courts after his sentencing in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2018. He said he had “street cred” while serving his 12-day sentence in prison. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images