Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

Papadopoulos, the first campaign aide sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, said he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for having lied to FBI agents during an interview previous year and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work.

He told the US District Court in Washington DC: "I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly and I am terribly ashamed".

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.

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".

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.

Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos could have been given a bigger sentence. "It was at best, begrudging efforts to cooperate".

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", Breen said.

His lawyers say Papadopoulous acted out of a "misguided sense of loyalty to his master" and to preserve his career options in the new administration.

One individual was a Russian woman who Papadopoulos believed had connections to the Russian government. He admitted to lying about those contacts to Mueller's team, which investigators said led them to miss a chance to interview the professor, Joseph Mifsud.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed Papadopoulos in January 2017, and he lied about his April 2016 conversation with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor working in London who had ties to Russian officials.

In hindsight, he said in court, he recognizes that was wrong and "might have harmed the investigation".

At that meeting, Papadopoulos proposed brokering a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutors did not recommend a sentence for Papadopoulos, but said up to six months' jail time was appropriate saying he had lied repeatedly to federal investigators and had not provided substantial cooperation to them.

Mr. Sessions has previously testified to Congress that he pushed back against the proposal, but the memo filed by Mr. Papadopoulos's lawyers contradicts Mr. Sessions' account, saying that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions appeared receptive to the idea.

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