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George Papadopoulos' guilty plea visualized, from Russian contact to arrest

George Papadopoulos, pictured second from the left in March 2016 in a National Security Meeting with President Donald Trump, far right.

George Papadopoulos, pictured second from the left in March 2016 in a National Security Meeting with President Donald Trump, far right.

George Papadopoulos, pictured second from the left in March 2016 in a National Security Meeting with President Donald , far right.

By Marshall Cohen and Sam Petulla, CNN

Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT) November 1, 2017

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The path from his first conversations with a professor he believed could connect him to Russian government officials to eventual arrest spanned more than a year. Papadopoulos wanted to broker a foreign policy trip, where Russian officials could meet with members of the campaign and, possibly, then-candidate Donald .

Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to the FBI about correspondence with three individuals. Papadopoulos believed they all had connections with the Russian government in one way or another. Two of those individuals are Russian. In court documents, the FBI used pseudonyms like "The Professor" to identify these contacts and persons within the campaign. Papadopoulos met with "The Professor" and "Female Russian National."

Papadopoulos' conversations were relayed and discussed with the campaign on many occasions. He sought to improve his standing in the campaign by offering a connection to Russia. Ultimately, the foreign policy trip he sought did not materialize.

Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about when his conversations occurred. His interactions occurred over a period of months while working for the campaign. He originally told the FBI they happened earlier.

This timeline is based on two court documents and other publicly available information.

CNN's Deborah Doft and Nima Ahmed contributed to this

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