Former Trump campaign aide sentenced - and his lawyer blames Trump

Former Trump campaign aide sentenced - and his lawyer blames Trump

In addition, they said Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" and only came clean after he was confronted with his own emails, texts and other evidence.

"In some ways it constitutes a calculated exercise of self interest over the national interest", the judge said.

Papadopoulos, 31, had never before appeared in a public court hearing; he admitted his guilt during a closed session last October.

"I made a terrible mistake but I am a good..." "I was not honest, and I might have hindered the investigation".

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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Among those contacts were London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Mr. Trump's Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, in the form of "thousands of e-mails".

Papadopoulos brought the idea up at a campaign meeting with Trump and future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with Sessions later testifying before Congress that he had "pushed back" against the idea.

"It wasn't an offer", he said Friday night, denying that Mifsud had dangled the possibility of funneling the emails to the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos, a young oil and gas consultant, was the first Trump official to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 us election. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday afternoon, Trump distanced himself from Papadopoulos.

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

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Prosecutors had told Judge Randolph Moss that Papadopoulos should spend up to six months in prison.

Last October he pleaded guilty to having lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Moscow.

Trump sought to ridicule the sentence, suggesting that it was trivial accomplishment for an investigation that has cost millions since it began in May 2017 - while ignoring the 35 indictments, five guilty pleas and one trial conviction Mueller has racked up so far.

Defense lawyer Thomas Breen said his client was affected by Trump's cries of "fake news" ahead of the interview and was torn between wanting to cooperate with investigators and wanting to remain loyal to the president. Because of his loyalty to Trump, "that's the mind set going in there". "I think is a very unusual case", Breen said. Lawyers for Papadopoulos had appealed for probation. The FBI launched its investigation of possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign after learning that Papadopoulos had boasted to an Australian diplomat that the Russian government had political dirt on Clinton more than a month before Moscow's hacking efforts were known publicly.

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