Protester throws 'Team Putin' shirt at Papadopoulos after sentencing

Leroy Wright
September 8, 2018

Just moments after the news broke that former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a year of supervision, community service and a fine, CNN's Jake Tapper debuted a clip from his pre-taped interview with Papadopoulos.

In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration.

After complaining during George Papadopoulos' sentencing hearing about President Trump's use of the term "witch hunt" to talk about the Russian Federation probe, the former Trump campaign aide's lawyer told reporters outside the courthouse that Trump's denial about the Russian Federation probe hurt Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption.

US District Judge Randolph Moss said he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security". The probe was later taken over by Mueller.

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", Breen said. In late April, he told them that Mifsud said the Russians had information that could harm Clinton, in the form of thousands of emails.

He has testified that senior campaign members encouraged him during 2016 to build ties with Russian Federation, including after he told them that Moscow possessed - and could be willing to share - dirt on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton.

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"At the time he was told that, he didn't really concern himself with that", Breen said when asked if Papadopoulos believed Russian Federation did have damaging information on Clinton based on his conversation with Mifsud.

Papadopoulos was once described as a "coffee boy" to the Trump campaign.

"No offense, but he was unsophisticated, he was naive and he was foolish", Breen said in court.

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 December 2017, two months after his guilty plea, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had plans for a follow-up meeting with Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos was pictured in March 2016 sitting at a table with Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become US attorney general, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.

"My recollection was that the senator [Jeff Sessions] was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin".

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