Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days in Jail

Leroy Wright
September 8, 2018

Trump has denied knowing anything about contact with Russians and his campaign.

His case was the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election while it was ongoing.

He told the US District Court in Washington DC: "I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly and I am terribly ashamed". "It was at best, begrudging efforts to cooperate".

Papadopoulos, one of the key players in the Russian Federation probe - or, as Trump described his role, a "coffee boy" - pled guilty late a year ago to lying to investigators. "I hope you think of your sentence as the beginning of that second chance".

"I made a terrible mistake, but I am a good man who is eager for redemption", Papadopoulos said.

"I am very happy with the judge".

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the investigation.

His mother said on Friday that she "still supports" Trump. Mueller's team had pushed for a six-month prison sentence, while Papadopoulos' defense had requested probation. He received a sentence of 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine.

"Judge Randy Moss emphasized that there's "no reason to think the Federal Bureau of Investigation bamboozled" Papadopoulos, and he said his lies were not meant to boost Russian Federation but to serve his own self-interest of getting a job in the Trump White House". Papadopoulos says he had nothing to do with the leak.

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The only other defendant in the Russian Federation probe who has been sentenced is Dutch attorney Alexander Van der Zwaan. His client was also affected by Trump's cries of "fake news" and his casting of the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" just days before his FBI interview.

In part because Papadopoulos misled authorities, they said in court papers, they failed to arrest a London-based professor - suspected of being a Russian operative - before he left the United States in the following month, never to return.

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

Papadopoulos reportedly played a key role in sparking the FBI's probe of Trump's contacts with Russian Federation when, during a night of heavy drinking in a London bar in May 2016, he told an Australian diplomat that Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton, according to the New York Times.

Papadopoulos initially lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of his interactions with the professor, suggesting they happened before he started working for Trump, while actually it was afterward.

According to Papadopoulos's account, "Mr. Trump nodded with approval" when he brought up a possible meeting and "deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it". He and his wife later participated in more media interviews.

While the President had belittled Papadopoulos following his guilty plea last yea, calling him a "low level volunteer", he was actually one of just five foreign policy advisers for Mr. Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Papadopoulos later used his connections with the Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud, and other Russian nationals in an attempt to broker a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

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