Former Trump Aide George Papadopoulos Gets 2 Weeks In Prison

Lester Mason
September 12, 2018

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos says he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their Russian Federation probe in order to protect President Donald Trump.

He will also have to complete 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of $9,500.

"Obviously, Trump was very vocal [during the campaign] about wanting to work with Putin at some level, like at the geopolitical level", Papadopoulos said.

Ahead of the sentencing, Papadopoulos' attorney Thomas Breen then spoke on his client's behalf, saying, "The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos could have". He said he "hopes to have a second chance" and cautioned that this investigation as "global implications". "And I found myself, as somebody who worked incredibly hard over the past year with the campaign to actually have the candidate Trump be elected". Papadopoulos said. "I wasn't in some sort of headquarters".

While Papadopoulos still must surrender himself and serve the two-week prison stint, he said he is already looking beyond that sentence - to a life after his brief and tumultuous foray into electoral politics.

When Tapper noted that Mashburn, another former Trump campaign aide, has testified that he recalls receiving an email from Papadopoulos to that effect, Warner replied, "We'd love to talk to him on the Senate intelligence side".

The president has sought to ridicule Papadopoulos's sentence, suggesting that it was a trivial accomplishment for an investigation that has cost millions since it began in May 2017 - while ignoring the 35 indictments, five guilty pleas and one trial conviction Mr Mueller has racked up so far.

"I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government or any other foreign government", Sessions said at the time.

Among those who seemed to like the concept, he said, was then-Sen. "Jeff Sessions, who I remember being quite enthusiastic about hosting", Papadopoulos said Sunday. No meeting of Trump and Putin occurred during the 2016 campaign. Mifsud, whom Papadopoulos described in the ABC interview as "quite giddy", said that the Russians "have thousands of Hillary Clinton's e-mails". The meeting between Mr. Trump and Putin never took place.

Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017.

Papadopoulos also lamented his decision to not immediately approach USA intelligence officials with information on his meeting with Misfud, calling it "the biggest regret I actually have". Democrats say they want Sessions to remain in the job because he is recused from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing.

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