Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Former campaign adviser to Pres. Trump sentenced to 14 days in prison

Former campaign adviser to Pres. Trump sentenced to 14 days in prison

Donald Trump's former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos got 14 days in the hoosegow today after pleading guilty to lying to feds.

George Papadopoulos, former campaign adviser for Donald Trump, arrives for sentencing with his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos.

During his January 2017 interview with the FBI, Papadopoulos misled investigators about when he was told Russian Federation allegedly had dirt on Ms. Clinton.

Out of the 35 people and entities so far charged, Papadopoulos is one of five who have pleaded guilty and will be the second to be sentenced. In a court filing August 31, Papadopoulos's lawyers painted him as a political newcomer "eager to show his value to the campaign", and quickly got in over his head.

Thomas Breen, Papadopoulos's lawyer, admitted that his client had been "naive" and "a fool", but he also cast blame on President Trump.

He admitted a year ago to lying to the FBI about those contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries, false statements that prosecutors say caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months. He has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, plus a year of supervision and 200 additional hours of community service.

Trump said earlier Friday that he did not know Papadopoulos.

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

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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.

Moss said he wanted to impose some prison time because while he did not "remotely believe Mr Papadopoulos was seeking to assist the Russian government", he was nevertheless troubled by Papadopoulos' selfish motives to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation so that he would not lose a shot at getting a possible job in the Trump administration.

The FBI began investigating Russian's election interference after a tip that Papadopoulos had dished about his Russian connections to an Australian diplomat during a night of heavy drinking.

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

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

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

Breen told a rapt courtroom that Papadopoulos has already faced his penalty over the past year, and realized he needed to disavow the Trump administration in favor of the truth. He recalled how he and attorney Robert Stanley and Papadopoulos visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago months ago and noticed the photos of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump hanging on the lobby wall.

A hearing in that lawsuit is scheduled for next week in federal court in NY. And, the prosecutors add, Papadopoulos has been hard for them to handle since he was arrested in July 2017.

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