Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

Papadopoulos was the first person affiliated with the Trump campaign to be indicted, as part of the Mueller probe.

Donald Trump's former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Papadopoulos's sentence comes more than year after his July 2017 arrest for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of his contacts with Joseph Mifsud, a professor with deep Russian contacts.

Before the sentencing, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court about how Trump had blasted the investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt" before Papadopolous met with the FBI and lied. The Justice Department has spent at least $17 million investigating Russian meddling, but government estimates have shown that Mueller's team specifically has only spent about $7.7 million. The diplomat relayed the information to his government, which passed it along to the US government.

Moss said he gave Papadopoulos 14 days because he researched how many defendants with this type of charge resulted in prison time - and it was fewer than half.

Richard Pinedo, who was not involved with the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in a case related to the Mueller probe in February to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign identity fraud by creating, buying and stealing hundreds of bank account numbers that he sold to individuals to use with large digital payment companies.

He said his client doesn't recall telling anybody connected with the Trump campaign about Mifsud's offer of Clinton dirt. In court papers filed ahead of the sentencing, prosecutors say those lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months.

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

Defense counsel in their filings painted Papadopoulos as a naive and eager campaign aid who sought to impress the Trump campaign by setting up a meeting with campaign officials and Russian Federation to discuss whatever Russian Federation allegedly had on Ms. Clinton.

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Attorneys for Papadopoulos had sought to avoid prison, instead requesting probation.

He is the first former campaign aide to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly downplayed Papadopoulos' role on the campaign.

He admitted past year to lying to the FBI about those contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries, false statements that prosecutors say caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months.

Papadopoulos was the key to discovering that, the government says.

"We don't talk politics", he said.

That account conflicts with what Sessions, now attorney general, testified before Congress.

Van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who worked with Manafort and Gates, was also convicted of lying to prosecutors.

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