Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days in Jail

Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days in Jail

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentenced former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to 14 days in jail Friday for lying to the FBI in its Russian Federation probe.

US President Donald Trump reacted by taking an apparent swipe at the cost of the investigation into the former aide.

Friday was his first public court appearance since he pleaded guilty in October, 2017, to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while the case was still sealed.

At that meeting, Mr. Papadopoulos proposed brokering a meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, Friday's sentence was much lesser than the six months the prosecution had requested for Papadopoulos, The Guardian reported.

Papadopoulos's attorneys had asked for probation for their client and said in court filings that Papadopoulos misled investigators to try to save his professional ambitions and out of a "perhaps misguided loyalty to his master" but not for more sinister reasons.

"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said.

In today's sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed a fine of $9,500 (£7.500), 12 months of supervised release and 200 hours of community service.

Russian Federation has denied USA allegations that it interfered in the campaign and Trump denies campaign collusion.

Speaking to Jake Tapper for an interview recorded before his guilty plea, but airing on Friday, Papadopoulos refused to rule out the possibility he ever informed the Trump team that he knew Russian Federation held the emails. "I can't guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign".

According to Bloomberg, the DNC said it believed all of the defendants in the case had been served, with the exception of Mifsud.

While this chapter of the Mueller investigation concludes for Papadopoulos, his testimony and information he provided as part of his plea deal could mean trouble for others in Trump's circle, including Mr. Trump himself.

At a campaign meeting at the end of March 2016 Papadopoulos told Trump, then-senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and other campaign officials that he had connections in London that could set up a Trump-Putin meeting ahead of the November election. They are cooperating with investigators and await sentencing. 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.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos told Tapper.

In statements made after his sentencing, Papadopoulos said he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for having lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during an interview previous year and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work. Sessions told a Congress hearing he had "pushed back" against the idea.

"We don't talk politics", he said.

A hearing in that lawsuit is scheduled for next week in federal court in NY.

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