The former Trump adviser and Trump Foundation member who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a convicted Libyan slave trader is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.
Deandre Hopkins, who was also a key figure in the Trump Foundation, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn to one count of making false statements to federal agents in December 2017, according to court records.
He has already served more than five years in prison, according the court documents.
Hopkins’ lawyer, Steven B. Rosenthal, said he will not seek a sentence reduction and will continue to fight to get the charges dismissed.
The case came to light after the FBI released a video that showed Hopkins appearing to say that he had never met Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Hopkins told agents he was told about the meeting with the former dictator in 2016, but did not say who told him, according, the documents.
In addition, the FBI documents said Hopkins “confessed that he told numerous other individuals that he met with Gaddafi in 2016,” and that the meetings “were in fact, and in many instances, in fact took place in 2016.”
Hopkins, a prominent member of the Trump family, was charged with conspiring to bribe Libyan officials to remove him from office, which could carry up to 20 years in federal prison.
His plea agreement, obtained by CNN, did not contain specific allegations about the Clinton Foundation.
But prosecutors say Hopkins lied to the Justice Department because he feared retribution by Libyans.
The government says Hopkins told FBI agents that he and other donors “did not know that [Gaddafi] was a human rights violator.”
The plea deal also did not include any admission of guilt by Hopkins.
Federal prosecutors said Hopkins also lied to investigators when he told them that he “never personally received any funds from any charity in the U.K.” or any other country.
He was also asked why he didn’t donate money to a charity that was in the news in 2016 that had been named by the Trump campaign as having ties to a former British prime minister who was found dead in his London mansion in March.
Hopkins denied donating to that charity and said he was in contact with it before it was named.
Hopkinson also lied when he testified at his sentencing hearing that he did not know he was involved in the case until it was reported in The New York Times.