Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Charlene Craig
September 10, 2018

Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks Papadopoulos made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin.

George Papdopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison on charges stemming from Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to reports.

He was also given a £7,300 ($9,500) fine and community service.

Despite constant attacks by the president, Mueller and his team "are conducting a serious, professional investigation" into the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russians, Warner said in a statement.

According to a sweeping indictment handed up this summer, Russian intelligence had stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic groups by April 2016, the same month Papadopoulos was told by a professor that Russian officials had told him they had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, wife of former Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, said in an exclusive live interview with her husband on "This Week" Sunday that her worldwide political background raised "a red flag" for USA investigators. And, the prosecutors add, Papadopoulos has been hard for them to handle since he was arrested in July 2017. He hasn't returned since.

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He was handed a 14-day jail term as he told a court in Washington: "In January 2017, I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed". His "entire life has been turned upside down" since his name became public, Papadopoulos said.

Papadopoulos' defense lawyer, Thomas Breen, tried to shift some of the blame for his client's lies to Trump.

Prosecutors said Papadopoulos used his contacts with the professor, identified in court papers as Joseph Mifsud, to elevate his status within the campaign and lobby for a meeting between Trump and Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin.

A defence lawyer took issue with the government's claim that Papadopoulos interfered with the probe.

Prosecutors had asked Papadopoulos be sentenced to no less than six months.

Papadopoulos said he couldn't remember ever reporting Mifsud's assertion to campaign higher-ups - but added he "can't guarantee" he kept the matter secret from his colleagues.

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The young political operative maintains that he never alerted the Trump campaign about the Russian dirt.

Moss said he had planned to give Papadopoulos a 30-day term but was persuaded by his courtroom expression of remorse to reduce the sentence.

The lies Mr. Papadopoulos told in his voluntary interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 27, 2017, prosecutors said, "undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States".

"I see Papadopoulos today, I don't know Papadopoulos, I don't know".

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

CNN's Tapper noted that Session's attorneys said that Sessions stands by his testimony, and denied encouraging a meeting with Russians.

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