Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days In Prison

Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days In Prison

Papadopoulos "was the first to plead guilty in the [Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe into Russian interference]".

The DNC's revelation came in court filings Friday in their lawsuit against Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his dealings with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor who told him in 2016 that Russian Federation had damaging information on President Trump's campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

When Papadopoulos pleaded guilty past year, he pledged to help the special counsel's office with its investigation.

Papadopoulos was also sentenced to 13 months supervised released, 200 hours community service and a $9,500 fine.

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos exits U.S. District Court after his sentencing hearing in Washington on September 7, 2018.

Papadopoulos lied to investigators because he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu investigation" and wanted to "save his professional aspirations", his lawyers said.

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Moss noted that many similar cases resulted in probation but said he imposed a sentence of incarceration partly to send a message to the public that they can't lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The president told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that "I don't know Papadopoulos".

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could".

"Judge said he believed Papadopoulos was genuinely remorseful but didn't agree to a probation sentence because he needed to send a message about the seriousness of lying to the FBI", Cheney wrote in a subsequent tweet.

In a court filing, lawyers for Papadopoulos had argued for probation, saying he was "ashamed and remorseful" but wasn't trying to undermine the Russian Federation probe when he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation".

Papadopoulos, one of the key players in the Russian Federation probe - or, as Trump described his role, a "coffee boy" - pled guilty late a year ago to lying to investigators.

Others associated with Trump's campaign, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, have accepted plea deals.

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By lying to investigators, Papadopoulos had made "a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", said Moss.

"My entire life has been turned upside down, I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself", he said.

Papadapoulos is blamed for part of the reason the investigation into Russian collusion began because he bragged about his interactions with Russian intermediaries to an Australian diplomat after a night of heavy drinking.

According to Papadopoulos's account, "Mr. Trump nodded with approval" when he brought up a possible meeting and "deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

"It was at best begrudging efforts to cooperate and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard", he said.

"We don't talk politics", he said.

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