Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Prosecutors working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller said Papadopoulos undermined their investigation and deprived them of a chance to ask a professor of diplomacy based in London how he knew Russians had obtained the "dirt" on Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton, in the form of thousands of emails.

Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the United States presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

"I made a awful mistake, but I am a good man", he said Friday at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Washington.

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.

In addition to the prison time, Mr. Papadopoulos was sentenced to one year of supervised release and 200 hours of community service.

Before he was sentenced, Papadopoulos spoke to Judge Randy Moss for about three minutes, reading a speech in which he admitted he was wrong, ashamed and regretful.

Moss also said he thought it was important that his sentence send the public a message about the gravity of misleading and, "telling lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on matters of grave importance to the nation".

Moss noted that many similar cases resulted in probation but said he imposed a sentence of incarceration partly to send a message to the public that they can't lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mueller told Trump's attorneys in March he was continuing to investigate the Republican president but did not consider him a criminal target "at this point", the Washington Post reported in early April.

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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.

"People point and snicker and I am terribly depressed", he said.

Breen said his client's primary interest was brokering a meeting between Trump and Putin, a move he believed the campaign supported.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the investigation.

Moss said that while Papadopoulos lied for selfish reasons and did real harm to the government's efforts to carry out its investigation of Russian meddling, he was moved by what he called the defendant's "genuine remorse about what he did".

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

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.

In the 16-page sentencing memo seeking leniency, his attorneys Breen, Robert W. Stanley, and Todd S. Pugh, wrote, "to say George was out of his depth would be a gross understatement".

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. He received a sentence of 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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