Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

08 September, 2018, 19:55 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Donald Trump right stands next to Sen. Jeff Sessions as Sessions speaks during a rally on Feb. 28 2016 in Madison Ala

They allege Papadopoulos thwarted an ongoing national security investigation and contributed to them losing track of Joseph Mifsud, the professor who knew about the "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, before they could effectively question him.

In a DC federal courtroom, Papadopoulos was handed 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release by U.S. Judge Randolph Moss. Mifsud's current whereabouts are unknown, and Papadopoulos has denied telling anyone else from the president's campaign about Mifsud's claims.

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

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

He portrayed Papadopoulos as a naive young man who was "being worked by a pro", a reference to Professor Mifsud, whom he later said he believes was working for Russian Federation and trying to take advantage of his client.

In addition, they said Mr. Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" and only came clean after he was confronted with his own e-mails, texts and other evidence. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said previous year that Papadopoulos, 31, had "a minimal role, if one at all" in the campaign.

Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did". 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.


Prosecutors argued that Papadopoulos' repeated lies during a January 2017 interview with investigators stymied the inquiry at a critical moment. In that testimony, Sessions said he resisted the idea of any Russian Federation meeting proposed by Papadopoulos.

The White House distanced itself from Papadopoulos, referring to his campaign role as nothing more than a low-level coffee boy, after his guilty plea.

Papadopoulos brought the idea up at a campaign meeting with Trump and future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with Sessions later testifying before Congress that he had "pushed back" against the idea.

Trump reacted to the sentencing in a tweet on Friday in which he appears to contrast the overall cost of the special counsel's investigation to Papadopoulos' 14-day sentence. He told the judge Friday that at the time, he mused to himself that he and his client were there to cooperate in an investigation that potentially could implicate those two men.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos told Tapper. In a court filing August 31, Papadopoulos's lawyers painted him as a political newcomer "eager to show his value to the campaign", and quickly got in over his head.

"The message is for all of us to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys", Breen said.

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

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