Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser Jailed

Blanche Robertson
September 10, 2018

While Papadopoulos's defense lawyer Thomas Breen, according to the Times and other reports, said in court on Friday that "Papadopoulos was loyal to the president", he also appealed for leniency, insisting that "Trump, by repeatedly attacking the investigation as not credible, was damaging it more than his client had".

George Papadopoulos' fall from one-time foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump to inmate at a USA federal prison began with "one or two" gin and tonics at an upscale London bar in 2016 with Australia's then high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer.

Papadopoulos served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign, and was the first to plead guilty in the Mueller probe.

Prosecutors had told Judge Randolph Moss that Papadopoulos should spend up to six months in prison.

CNN plans to air the full interview with Papadopoulos at 11 pm on Friday. "I still have significant questions about how high that information went, and I know the Senate Intelligence Committee would like to hear directly from Mr. Papadopoulos". "I respect the, I always said I respect Mueller's interest in my profile because clearly it's quite alarming, the fact that I marry George Papadopoulos in the middle of this storm", Mangiante Papadopoulos said. Papadopoulos' lie, Moss said, was "a serious offense" and "a calculated exercise of self interest over the national interest".

If Tapper was disappointed with this statement, Papadopoulos made it up to him, saying then-Sen.

Asked if he had any comment as he left court, Papadopoulos said, "not yet". However, Papadopoulos' mother Kiki told reporters she was satisfied he had received a fair sentence. She also said that when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents showed up in January 2017 seeking an interview, she advised her son to call a lawyer. I don't know him. "He was very fair", Kiki Papadopoulos said.

Three other campaign officials - chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and national security adviser Michael Flynn - either have pleaded guilty or been convicted of various crimes but none of the trio has yet been sentenced.

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"He called Mueller's team "professional" and well-prepared".

Prosecutors say Papadopoulos' lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation and he did not provide substantial assistance. Trump suggested the conviction was trivial for a probe that has cost millions since it launched in May 2017 - while ignoring the 35 indictments, five guilty pleas and one trial conviction Mueller has racked up so far.

Papadopoulos, one of the key players in the Russian Federation probe - or, as Trump described his role, a "coffee boy" - pled guilty late past year to lying to investigators. Papadopoulos learned his fate Friday in federal court in Washington.

Breen said Friday that Papadopoulos lied because he was still giddy from his rapid ascent in Trump's campaign, his hopes of securing a job in the new administration and a sense of loyalty to the president.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Papadopoulos in January 2017, he falsely claimed he had met two individuals with Russian ties before he joined the president's team in March 2016.

For a time, Papadopoulos also looked to be a key informant.

His attorneys say he cooperated fully.

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