Ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos jailed for 14 days

Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in plea deal with Mueller probe
Former Trump Aide George Papadopoulos Has been Sentenced For Lying to the FBI and he Throws Trump Under the Bus

08 September, 2018

"In January 2017, I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed", Papadopoulos had told the court in Washington.

After complaining during George Papadopoulos' sentencing hearing about President Trump's use of the term "witch hunt" to talk about the Russian Federation probe, the former Trump campaign aide's lawyer told reporters outside the courthouse that Trump's denial about the Russian Federation probe hurt Papadopoulos.

"I made a terrible mistake, but I am a good man who is eager for redemption", Papadopoulos said.

In Friday's sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $9,500 (£7,350).

He has cooperated for more than a year with the probe into Russian interference in the USA presidential election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos obtained a plea deal at the time, which was subsequently unsealed last October. "I can't guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign".

They wrote in a sentencing memo: "Mr Papadopoulos's motives for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation were wrongheaded indeed, but far from the sinister spin the government suggests".

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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.

Papadopoulos further stressed: "I remember him being enthusiastic about a potential meeting between the candidate and President Putin after I raised the question".

Outside the courthouse Friday, Breen said Papadopoulos didn't recall ever telling anyone in the campaign about the fact that Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails.

Defence lawyer Thomas Breen said his client was affected by Mr Trump's cries of "fake news" ahead of the interview and was torn between wanting to cooperate with investigators and wanting to remain loyal to the President. The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

"His arrest and prosecution served as a notice to all that this was a serious investigation", defense lawyers wrote. He allegedly was offered stolen information on Hillary Clinton by Russian intermediaries. Papadopoulos learned his fate Friday in federal court in Washington.

He was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe and is now the first Trump campaign adviser to be sentenced. Papadopoulos' attorney asked for probation.

Papadopoulos disagreed in his own court filing, arguing he "cooperated fully" and provided "critical information".

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