George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days

George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days

George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days

"In January 2017, I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed", Papadopoulos had told the court in Washington.

"I made a awful mistake, but I am a good man who is eager for redemption", Papadopoulos said. The judge said there's no evidence Papadopolous had "any desire to aid Russian Federation in any way".

According to the indictment, Papadopoulos was told by a Maltese professor in April 2016 that Russian officials had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Over the last few months, the Trump administration has distanced itself from the 31-year-old referring to him as a 'coffee boy'.

US District Judge Randolph Moss on Friday sentenced Papadopoulos to 14 days, noting that he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security".

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

Russian Federation has denied United States allegations that it interfered in the campaign, while Trump has regularly lashed out against the sprawling probe he dubs a "witch hunt" driven by his Democratic foes.

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Before the sentencing, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court about how Trump had blasted the investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt" before Papadopolous met with the FBI and lied.

One individual was a Russian woman who Papadopoulos believed had connections to the Russian government.

"While some in the room rebuffed George's offer, Mr Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr Sessions, who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it", Papadopoulos claimed in a pre-sentencing statement last week.

"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. A federal court kept his July 2017 arrest secret for more than two months after Mueller's office argued that making it public would "significantly undermine his ability to serve as a proactive cooperator". The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

Mr. Papadopoulos was pictured in March, 2016, sitting at a table with Mr. Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become U.S. Attorney-Ggeneral, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.

He later attempted to use his links to the professor and Russian nationals to attempt to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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