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

Aaron Brown
September 8, 2018

The charges he pleaded guilty to carry a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison, but prosecutors had recommended just 6 months, citing his extensive cooperation.

The 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.

Papadopoulos's attorneys had asked for probation for their client and said in court filings that Papadopoulos misled investigators to try to save his professional ambitions and out of a "perhaps misguided loyalty to his master" but not for more sinister reasons.

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Papadopoulos later used his connections with the Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud, and other Russian nationals in an attempt to broker a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

Memos authored by House Republicans and Democrats, now declassified, also show information about Papadopoulos' contacts with Russian intermediaries triggered the FBI's counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign, and was the first to plead guilty in the Mueller probe.

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Papadopoulos's sentence comes more than year after his July 2017 arrest for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of his contacts with Joseph Mifsud, a professor with deep Russian contacts.

Breen told reporters after Friday's hearing that Papadopoulos does not recall telling anyone in the Trump campaign about Mifsud's comments about the Russians having dirt on Clinton.

Today in court, his lawyers argued President Trump's attacks on the Mueller's investigation have done much more damage to the probe than "George Papadopoulos ever could". "I don't know him", Trump said.

Trump has regularly lashed out against the sprawling probe he dubs a "witch hunt" driven by his Democratic foes.

"No offense, but he was unsophisticated, he was naive and he was foolish", Breen said in court.

The lies 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". They said prosecutors have not provided any proof that Papadopoulos "actually harmed the investigation as alleged". Last November, Mr Sessions testified to Congress that he had "pushed back" against Papadopoulos' offer.

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