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

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

Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Trump who was also a close campaign aide, pleaded guilty in December to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian Federation and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

Federal sentencing guidelines under Papadopoulos' plea deal called for a penalty between probation and six months in prison.

"Despite constant attacks by the President and his allies, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have once again demonstrated that they are conducting a serious, professional investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians during the 2016 election", Warner said in a statement.

In the interview with CNN reporter Jake Tapper, Papadopoulos said that he raised the prospect of Trump and his campaign officials meeting with the Russians.

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller said Mr. Papadopoulos lied to agents about his contacts with Russians during the campaign "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the extent of the campaign's knowledge of his contacts", according to the government's sentencing memorandum. Papadopolous' attorney argued in court Friday that Trump "hindered that investigation more" than Papadopoulos did.

Papadopoulos has never publicly named those within the Trump campaign he told about the offer of emails from the professor, but he has said he was in regular touch with campaign chairman Paul Manafort, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and other top campaign officials. In a court filing August 31, Papadopoulos's lawyers painted him as a political newcomer "eager to show his value to the campaign", and quickly got in over his head.

George Papadopoulos says he made a "terrible mistake". They met through Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious Maltese professor who is believed to be an operative for the Russian government and who attempted during the campaign to introduce George Papadopoulos to people purportedly connected to Russia.

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Papadopoulos, 31, was an inexperienced oil analyst based in London when he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as one of a handful of members of the Republican candidate's national security advisory board. However, they wrote, the claim that his lies harmed the investigation are "speculative and contrary to the evidence". The judge said there's no evidence Papadopolous had "any desire to aid Russian Federation in any way". "A great day for America!" tweeted the President.

Papadopoulos was the first person affiliated with the Trump campaign to be indicted, as part of the Mueller probe.

At that meeting, Papadopoulos proposed brokering a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos told Tapper.

The $28 million price tag cited by Mr. Trump is likely a reference to the cost of the Mueller probe.

For a time, Papadopoulos also looked to be a key informant.

In delivering his sentence Federal Judge Randolph Moss said he did "get the sense that [Papadopoulos] does feel remorse and not simply for getting caught".

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