Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Blanche Robertson
September 8, 2018

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. "He was seeking to assist himself in a way that placed his own personal ambitions above the interests of the United States".

The US President has also denied collusion in numerous occasions.

He was the first ex-Trump aide arrested in the probe into an alleged Kremlin plot to sway the 2016 U.S. vote.

Papadopoulos "was the first to plead guilty in the [Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe into Russian interference]".

Papadopoulos said Trump gave "a sort of a nod" when he raised the idea of the meeting, but that Sessions was "actually enthusiastic" about it taking place.

Even after his arrest and plea agreement past year, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.

But the attorney said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than Papadopoulos ever could". More accurately, Papadopoulos hemmed and hawed, and finally settled on, "I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so".

"I made a terrible mistake but I am a good man". In court papers filed ahead of the sentencing, prosecutors say those lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months.

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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.

The FBI cancelled the meeting when it discovered that Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

At that meeting, Mr. Papadopoulos proposed brokering a meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Papadopoulos related the talk of Democratic emails to an Australian diplomat during what The New York Times described as a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016. He has charged a number of people with various offenses, including interference in USA elections, but none with colluding with Russian Federation.

Mifsud was reportedly teaching at a private university in Rome before he vanished late past year, shortly after his name emerged as a key figure in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me, that's the only thing I know about him", Trump said, referring to a widely circulated photo of Papadopoulos in a meeting with Trump and several other advisers. Maria said that the judge "got it right" in giving Papadopoulos 14 days in prison.

The federal 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.

Both Papadopoulos' mother and his now-wife, Simona Mangiante, whom he met through LinkedIn during the 2016 campaign, have been his outspoken defenders since his plea. "A great day for America!"

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