Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russian Federation probe

Charlene Craig
September 8, 2018

US District Judge Randolph Moss said that Papadopoulos" deception was "not a noble lie' and that he had lied because he wanted a job in the Trump administration and did not want to jeopardise that possibility by being tied to the Russian Federation investigation.

In statements made after his sentencing, Papadopoulos said he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for having lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during an interview past year and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work. The committee indicated that a private investigator had been used to find Mifsud, who had disappeared for months, and was told the Maltese professor may be dead.

"The defendant did not provide 'substantial assistance, ' and much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history, and other information it had obtained via search warrants and subpoenas", the court filing said.

"The candidate (Trump) gave a nod, but did not commit either way", he said.

"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said. They are cooperating with investigators and await sentencing.

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They said Papadopoulos's initial lies hindered investigators' ability to effectively question, challenge or detain Joseph Mifsud, the London professor who had contacted him.

The ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election continues today with no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with foreign actors to meddle in the election.

His lawyer Tom Breen said that at the time, Papadopoulos was naive and acted on what he told the court was a "misguided loyalty" to Trump, who had been inaugurated as president just one week before. He recalled how he and attorney Robert Stanley and Papadopoulos visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago months ago and noticed the photos of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump hanging on the lobby wall.

Papadopoulos was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe. He told the judge Friday that at the time, he mused to himself that he and his client were there to cooperate in an investigation that potentially could implicate those two men.

In response to Papadopoulos' claims, Sessions released a statement through his lawyer to CNN stating he "stands by his testimony". Sessions told a Congress hearing he had "pushed back" against the idea.

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At the time, Trump and the White House sought to distance themselves from the former campaign foreign policy adviser, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming he'd had an "extremely limited" role on the campaign.

Trump reacted to the sentencing in a tweet on Friday in which he appears to contrast the overall cost of the special counsel's investigation to Papadopoulos' 14-day sentence.

Papadopoulos was the key to discovering that, the government says.

Trump said earlier Friday that he did not know Papadopoulos.

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

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