Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser Jailed

08 September, 2018, 19:57 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos with his wife Simona Mangiante arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

Ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with a Russian intermediary, giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller a second prison term from his 15-month inquiry.

It's stunning enough to have a former campaign aide to the president of the United States sentenced as part of a foreign counterintelligence investigation.

"The defendant's lies undermined investigators" ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States, ' they wrote, noting that Mr Mifsud left the U.S. in February 2017 and has not returned.

The charges he pleaded guilty to carry a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison, but prosecutors had recommended just 6 months, citing his extensive cooperation.

In a court filing, lawyers for Papadopoulos had argued for probation, saying he was "ashamed and remorseful" but wasn't trying to undermine the Russian Federation probe when he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation".

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"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said.

The lies Papadopoulos told in his voluntary interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 27, 2017, prosecutors said, "undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States".

Papadopoulos was also sentenced to 13 months supervised released, 200 hours community service and a $9,500 fine.

The DNC's revelation came in court filings Friday in their lawsuit against Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

After Moss sentenced him, Papadopoulos could be seen in the courtroom embracing his wife, whispering into her ear, as reporters and members of the public slowly filed out.

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During his sentencing hearing Papadopoulos said his case should serve as a warning to others.

The lawyers portrayed Papadopoulos as "out of his depth" as a foreign policy adviser for a candidate for whom he had "unbridled loyalty". He admitted to lying about those contacts to Mueller's team, which investigators said led them to miss a chance to interview the professor, Joseph Mifsud.

In court Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos's cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance". Sessions has said the opposite while testifying under oath.

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

That clashes with what Sessions, a key campaign aide and now Trump's attorney general, told the House Judiciary Committee last November. He gave false statements about his contacts to the FBI, which the FBI said impeded their investigation into the extent that Russian meddling may have worked its way into the campaign.

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The president weighed in shortly after the sentence was handed down, scoffing in a tweet at the length and making an apparent reference to the cost of Mueller's investigation.

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