Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his dealings with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor who told him in 2016 that Russian Federation had damaging information on President Trump's campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S Mueller III had asked the judge to sentence Papadopoulos to six months in prison, saying his false statements "were meant to harm the investigation, and did so".

Prior to a campaign rally ahead of of Papadopoulos' sentencing, the president sought to distance himself from his one time campaign advisor.

The judge said he took into consideration Papadopoulos's "genuine remorse" in issuing the light sentence, which included a $9,500 fine, a year on parole and community service.

During his sentencing hearing Papadopoulos said his case should serve as a warning to others.

Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud.

Far from cooperating to energize the special counsel probe, prosecutors Jeannie Rhee, Andrew Goldstein and Aaron Zelinsky argued, Papadopoulos and his wife gave life to a false narrative about them and the seriousness of his offense.

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Papadopoulos lawyer Thomas Breen said in court. They said prosecutors have not provided any proof that Papadopoulos "actually harmed the investigation as alleged".

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. During the campaign Papadopoulos told the president and now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Russia was interested in setting up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the New York Times, George Papadopoulos played a key role in sparking the FBI's probe of Donald Trump's contacts with Russian Federation after he told a diplomat that Russian Federation had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos says he had nothing to do with the leak.

Papadopoulos told the network he did not remember sharing the information with anyone on the campaign, before adding: 'I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so.

The Chicago native was a London-based petroleum analyst before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as a volunteer foreign policy adviser.

U.S. investigators were only alerted to Papadopoulos's activities in mid-2016 after he told Australia's ambassador to London, Alexander Downer, about his talks with Mifsud during a late-night drinking session in a London pub.

Sessions has previously testified to Congress that he pushed back against the proposal, but the memo filed by Papadopoulos's lawyers contradicts Sessions' account, saying that both Trump and Sessions appeared receptive to the idea.

Trump said earlier Friday that he did not know Papadopoulos. He was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe and is now the first Trump campaign adviser to be sentenced.

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

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