News of the plea came Monday morning, shortly after Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's longtime business associate Rick Gates were indicted on charges including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and working as unregistered foreign agents.
Papadopoulos admitted to making false statements and material omissions in January to investigators probing interference in the 2016 presidential election, in relation to his contacts with a London-based professor with ties to the Russian government.
As outlined in the the statement of the offense filing, Papadopoulos met with the professor, who put him in contact with a woman who he believed was a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin's. Papadopoulos later told Trump that he might be able to arrange for him to meet with Putin. One of Papadopoulos' contacts told him in April 2016 that the Russians "have dirt on" Hillary Clinton, after which he told campaign associates he had "interesting messages coming in from Moscow." abcnews,