Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

The Justice Department has spent at least $17 million investigating Russian meddling, but government estimates have shown that Mueller's team specifically has only spent about $7.7 million.

Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and came just over two weeks after two former top aides to Trump were convicted of felony crimes in cases that grew out of the probe.

That clashes with what Sessions, a key campaign aide and now Trump's attorney general, told the House Judiciary Committee last November.

Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption.

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 also said he thought it was important that his sentence send the public a message about the gravity of misleading and, "telling lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on matters of grave importance to the nation".

"Mr. Papadopoulos's offense was unquestionably serious as he made materially false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents", they wrote in their sentencing memo.

Asked if he had any comment as he left court, Papadopoulos said, "not yet". However, Papadopoulos' mother Kiki told reporters she was satisfied he had received a fair sentence.

Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017. "It will give him time to think things over". "He was very fair", Kiki Papadopoulos said. Mueller's team had pushed for a six-month prison sentence, while Papadopoulos' defense had requested probation.

They said Papadopoulos' initial lies hindered investigators' ability to effectively question, challenge or detain Joseph Mifsud, the London professor who had contacted him. It was revealed in December that it was drunken comments by Papadopoulos to an Australian diplomat that triggered the Russian Federation probe in the first place. He pleaded guilty in February to lying to the FBI about his communications with Rick Gates, a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was also under investigation.

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He ultimately cooperated but, Goldstein added, he "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance".

He said he lied not to impede investigation but "to preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".

Mr. Papadopoulos was pictured in March, 2016, sitting at a table with Mr. Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become U.S. Attorney-Ggeneral, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.

"My recollection was that the senator [Jeff Sessions] was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin".

Papadopoulos also sentenced to a fine of $9500, 200 hours of community service and a year of prison conditionally.

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