George Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

George Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

George Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Although Papadopoulos confirmed that Mifsud told him Russians had "thousands of emails" involving Clinton, he claimed he hadn't yet joined the Trump campaign when they spoke.

US District Judge Randolph Moss on Friday sentenced Papadopoulos to 14 days, noting that he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security".

Moss, the federal judge, said he took into consideration Papadopoulos's "genuine remorse" in issuing the light sentence, which included a $9,500 fine, a year on parole and community service.

He portrayed Papadopoulos as a naive young man who was "being worked by a pro", a reference to Professor Mifsud, whom he later said he believes was working for Russian Federation and trying to take advantage of his client.

"He didn't come close to the standard of 'substantial assistance, '" prosecutor Andrew Goldstein told the judge at the sentencing hearing.

Also in court, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, criticized Mr. Trump for calling the Russian Federation probe fake news and a witch hunt.

"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.

"The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States", they wrote, noting that Mifsud left the USA in February 2017 and hasn't returned.

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His case was the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election while it was ongoing.

"The president of the United States, the commander in Chief, told the world that this was fake news", he added, and complimented Mueller's team for being "professional", while referring his own client as "naive" and a "fool".

Trump said earlier Friday that he did not know Papadopoulos.

The lawyers argued Papadopoulos lied as he was influenced by the President's aggressive sentiments on the probe. "This investigation has global implications and the truth matters".

In the interview the former campaign advisor insisted that he never alerted the Trump campaign about Russian dirt. While Trump has the legal power to, and has said he feels he has the full right sack the special counsel, the probe continues and Mueller is still at its helm.

Defense counsel in their filings painted Papadopoulos as a naive and eager campaign aid who sought to impress the Trump campaign by setting up a meeting with campaign officials and Russian Federation to discuss whatever Russian Federation allegedly had on Ms. Clinton. He publicly contradicted, in his court filing, congressional testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Sessions' response to the Putin-Trump meeting proposal.

United States investigators were only alerted to Papadopoulos's activities in mid-2016 after he told Australia's ambassador to London, Alexander Downer, about his talks with Mifsud during a late-night drinking session in a London pub.

"The message is for all of us to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys", Breen said.

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