Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

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

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

Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, just handed a 14-day prison sentence for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detailed multiple run-ins with shady foreign operatives in a CNN interview. The professor told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Lawyers for Papadopoulos contradicted that assertion. These statements were made in a law suit against Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

George Papadopoulos, 31, told the court in Washington DC he was a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying. "It was at best, begrudging efforts to cooperate". He will also have to pay a $9,500 fine according to Kyle Cheney of Politico.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with individuals closely associated with the Russian government during the campaign.

His lawyer Tom Breen said that at the time, Papadopoulos was naive and acted on what he told the court was a "misguided loyalty" to Trump, who had been inaugurated as president just one week before.

"He struck me as someone who was validating rumors", Papadopoulos said of his April 2016 meeting with Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor who told him that Russian Federation had a cache of Hillary Clinton's emails. And, the prosecutors add, Papadopoulos has been hard for them to handle since he was arrested in July 2017. "He was very fair", Kiki Papadopoulos said. "I think he learned his lesson".

A defence lawyer took issue with the government's claim that Papadopoulos interfered with the probe. While his client had misled the FBI, he argued, he did so in an environment where Trump himself was casting doubt on the investigation. Van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison.

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"This was not a noble lie", Moss said.

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. Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Mueller's probe, but it remains unknown whether he has provided investigators with any information supporting allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

"The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", Mr. Breen told the judge. The committee indicated that a private investigator had been used to find Mifsud, who had disappeared for months, and was told the Maltese professor may be dead. So I sat down and, you know, I looked at the candidate, I looked at candidate Trump directly in his eyes and said, I can do this for you if it's in your interest and if it's in the campaign's interest. But he acknowledged that Papadopoulos was unsophisticated, naive and even a "fool" for having made contacts with Russian Federation intermediaries during the campaign.

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.

"The defendant did not provide 'substantial assistance, ' and much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history, and other information it had obtained via search warrants and subpoenas", the court filing said. They noted that he and his wife appeared frequently in the media to discuss the case. Mifsud introduced him to others who ostensibly had connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin - including a woman who claimed to be Putin's niece.

But Papadopoulos, referring to Sessions, said to CNN, "I remember that he was enthusiastic about a potential meeting".

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