Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Posted September 08, 2018

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His case was the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election while it was ongoing.

Before the sentencing, Papadopolous made a statement, describing himself as a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying to investigators.

George Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about key details of his conversations with a London-based professor who had told him the Russians held dirt, in the form of thousands of emails, on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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He had actually met them after joining Mr Trump's campaign.

During the hearing, Papadopoulos' attorney Thomas Breen argued that "The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", and that Papadopoulos "was unsophisticated, he was naive, and he was a fool".

Prosecutors sought a sentence of up to six months, while defence lawyers asked for probation.

Papadopoulos, who was initially interrogated on January 27, 2017 by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents regarding his work for the Trump campaign, was arrested at Washington-Dulles International Airport on July 27, 2017 and arraigned the following day.

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The lawyers portrayed Papadopoulos as "out of his depth" as a foreign policy adviser for a candidate for whom he had "unbridled loyalty". In late April, he told them that Mifsud said the Russians had information that could harm Clinton, in the form of thousands of emails.

"My entire life has been turned upside down, I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself", he said. Papadopoulos had initially claimed this was before he joined the campaign, though he later confirmed it was once he was on staff. "I don't know him", Trump said.

The FBI met with Mifsud while he was visiting the United States in early 2017, but Papadopoulos' lies "undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him".

Papadopoulos' conversations with Mifsud were not related to seeking dirt on Clinton, the lawyers said, but an effort to broker a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Even after his arrest and plea agreement previous year, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.