George Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

George Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

He has testified that senior campaign members encouraged him during 2016 to build ties with Russian Federation, including after he told them that Moscow possessed - and could be willing to share - dirt on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos initially told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he spoke to Mifsud, who told him about Russian "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, before he joined the Trump campaign.

"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. He was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe and is now the first Trump campaign adviser to be sentenced. He has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, plus a year of supervision and 200 additional hours of community service.

In delivering his sentence Federal Judge Randolph Moss said he did "get the sense that [Papadopoulos] does feel remorse and not simply for getting caught". In late April, he told them that Mifsud said the Russians had information that could harm Clinton, in the form of thousands of emails.

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As noted by USA Today, authorities thought that Papadopoulos could serve as a key informant, but it quickly became clear that was not the case.

At the end of March 2016, Papadopoulos told Trump, then-senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and members of the national security team at their first meeting in Washington that he had connections in London that could set up a Trump-Putin meeting ahead of the November election.

Thomas Breen, Papadopoulos's lawyer, admitted that his client had been "naive" and "a fool", but he also cast blame on President Trump. The case was kept under seal for three weeks after his guilty plea and made public only when Mueller announced the indictments of campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his top deputy, Rick Gates, for money laundering, illegal lobbying and other charges unrelated to the election.

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Papadopoulos's main role in the campaign appears to have been a middleman for invitations from Russian operatives for Trump to visit Moscow and possibly meet with President Vladimir Putin. "I think the judge really took everything into consideration".

The president weighed in shortly after the sentence was handed down, scoffing in a tweet at the length and making an apparent reference to the cost of Mueller's investigation.

The sentencing, coming almost one year after he pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents, ends an important yet mysterious story line in the examination of whether anyone from Trump's team conspired with Moscow to influence the presidential election. Sessions has said the opposite while testifying under oath.

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Asked if Papadopoulos still remained loyal to Trump, Breen smiled wryly and paused for a beat. Papadopoulos says he had nothing to do with the leak. He received a sentence of 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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