Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump Mocks Light Sentence for Former Campaign Advisor George Papadopoulos

Trump Mocks Light Sentence for Former Campaign Advisor George Papadopoulos

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentenced former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to 14 days in jail Friday for lying to the FBI in its Russian Federation probe.

The FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane, its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016 after learning that Papadopoulos had repeated Mifsud's claim to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer in London over drinks.

He said Papadopoulos' deception required investigators to scour more than 100,000 emails and gigabytes of data to reconstruct the timeline of his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries.

"I do credit the sense that he does feel remorse", Moss said.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos said, adding, "I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so".

Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court Friday that his client's cooperation had earned him probation, saying he was "unsophisticated, he was naive and he was a fool".

Papadopoulos told CNN in a late Friday interview that Trump "gave me a sort of a nod" and "wasn't committed either way" at that meeting - but that Sessions "was actually enthusiastic" about a Trump-Putin gathering. 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. "A great day for America!"

Rick Gates, a former deputy campaign chairman for Trump, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the timing and significance of his contacts with the Russians.

He has testified that senior members of the Trump campaign encouraged him during 2016 to build ties with Russian Federation, including after he told them that Moscow possessed - and could be willing to share - dirt on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) said in a court filing Friday that the London-based Maltese professor who told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton may be dead.

"14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion".

The sentence that Papadopoulos received is about half the prison time given to Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer who was also charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the special counsel's probe. 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.

"The defendant did not provide 'substantial assistance, ' and much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history, and other information it had obtained via search warrants and subpoenas", the court filing said.

Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud. The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case. "I don't know Papadopoulos". Jeff Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

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