Trump’s former adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in jail

11 September, 2018, 06:28 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Former Trump Aide George Papadopoulos Has been Sentenced For Lying to the FBI and he Throws Trump Under the Bus

Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, right, was sentenced to 14 days in prison Friday.

Papadopoulos was also sentenced to 13 months supervised release, 200 hours community service and a $9,500 fine.

Before he must surrender to prison, Papadopoulos may be able to travel to NY and to California, where he plans to relocate.

He becomes the first member of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign to be sentenced as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and alleged collusion by the campaign.

Memos authored by House Republicans and Democrats, now declassified, also show that 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.

For months, his significance in the special counsel's investigation was unclear. He lied to investigators about when he was told about Russian "dirt" on Clinton, telling them he learned of it before he joined the campaign in what happened to be a "very odd coincidence". Trump tweeted. Senator Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own Russian Federation collusion investigation, applauded Mueller's work. A month after that, the professor, Joseph Mifsud, told Papadopoulos that the Russian government had thousands of emails that might damage Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

Before he was sentenced, Papadopoulos spoke to Judge Randy Moss for about three minutes, reading a speech in which he admitted he was wrong, ashamed and regretful.

Moss described Papadopoulos' behavior as a "calculated act of self-interest over national interest", and noted it took him six months to correct his statements and he did "in the face of proof he lied".

"I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly and am terribly ashamed", Papadopoulos told U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss in pleading for leniency.

Dressed in a navy suit and navy polka dot tie, he kept his eyes closed for several minutes before the hearing began.

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

Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court Friday that his client's cooperation had earned him probation, saying he was "unsophisticated, he was naive and he was a fool".

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While Papadopoulos deserved a harsher punishment than probation, the judge said, he also deserved credit for trying to cooperate and for his apparent contrition.

For a time, Papadopoulos also looked to be a key informant.

Trump said earlier Friday that he did not know Papadopoulos.

Should have listened to mom: Papadopoulos's mother, Kiki, was with her sister, Maria Stamatopoulos, a Skokie resident.

"14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion".

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

But the attorney said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than Papadopoulos ever could". "The message for all of us is to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys".

His attorneys say he cooperated fully.

"We were going in there to cooperate potentially against those two individuals", he said.

Papadopoulos has asked the judge for extreme leniency. Mueller's office did not immediately comment on the sentence.

Papadopoulos has been a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation since it began.

Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin. And, the prosecutors add, Papadopoulos has been hard for them to handle since he was arrested in July 2017. He publicly contradicted, in his court filing, congressional testimony from Sessions about Sessions' response to the Putin-Trump meeting proposal. "I respect the, I always said I respect Mueller's interest in my profile because clearly it's quite alarming, the fact that I marry George Papadopoulos in the middle of this storm", Mangiante Papadopoulos said.

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