Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russian Federation probe

Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russian Federation probe

Papadopoulos was sentenced in a separate legal case Friday to two weeks in prison for lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Mifsud during the campaign, the first sentence for a former campaign aide as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

That sparked a counterintelligence investigation that has became the ongoing effort led by former FBI Director Mueller to get to the bottom of Russia's attack on the 2016 election - and whether any Americans conspired with those efforts.

Mueller's office did not immediately comment on the sentence.

Defense counsel in their filings painted Papadopoulos as a naive and eager campaign aid who sought to impress the Trump campaign by setting up a meeting with campaign officials and Russian Federation to discuss whatever Russian Federation allegedly had on Ms. Clinton. "I don't know him", Trump said. The exchanges came shortly after he joined Trump's campaign and months before USA authorities learned that Russian intelligence officers had stolen troves of emails from Democratic political organizations.

"It was at best begrudging efforts to cooperate and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard", he said. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $9,500.

His lies about the timing of his encounter with the professor, including the false claim that it came before he'd joined the campaign, prevented investigators from effectively questioning Mifsud when he was in Washington in February 2017, prosecutors said in a court filing. "I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself".

By lying to investigators, Papadopoulos had made "a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", said Moss.

He and his wife left the courthouse without speaking to the press.

After the hearing, outside the courthouse, Breen told reporters that he thought the sentence was appropriate. "I'm sure you're wondering what comes next", and that he was impressed by his words to the judge. "He was very fair", Kiki Papadopoulos said.

Van der Zwaan had asked federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson for no jail time, and the government had asked for at least some imprisonment. "I think the judge really took everything into consideration".

Breaking his silence for the first time since his guilty plea, Papadopoulos also doubled down on the claim that then-Sen.

"So everybody said if you only listened to your mother none of this would have happened", she said. The deal included a possible prison sentence of up to five years and three months.

Prosecutors had asked Papadopoulos be sentenced to no less than six months.

Moss said he suspects that "just the process of having to go to prison will leave a strong impression on him for the remainder of his life".

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.

Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did".

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

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