Everything That Happened This Week In The Trump-Russia Story

Everything That Happened This Week In The Trump-Russia Story

Donald Trump's former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos got 14 days in the hoosegow today after pleading guilty to lying to feds.

Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and came just over two weeks after two former top aides to Trump were convicted of felony crimes in cases that grew out of the probe.

According to the New York Times, George Papadopoulos played a key role in sparking the FBI's probe of Donald Trump's contacts with Russian Federation after he told a diplomat that Russian Federation had dirt on Hillary Clinton. The FBI, tipped off by the Australians, began looking into the matter.

He was handed a 14-day jail term as he told a court in Washington: "In January 2017, I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed".

The young political operative told Mr Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, and other members of the campaign's national security team that he could set up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin ahead of the November 2016 election.

"The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States", they wrote, noting that Mifsud left the U.S. in February 2017 and hasn't returned.

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Papadopoulos was charged in July 2017. That probe was later taken over by Mueller.

Under his plea deal with prosecutors, Papadopoulos faced zero to six months imprisonment.

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

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.

Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption.

The charges he pleaded guilty to carry a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison, but prosecutors had recommended just 6 months, citing his extensive cooperation. He and his wife later participated in more media interviews.

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In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration. The diplomat reported the conversation to his American counterparts, who were seeing other evidence that Russian Federation was making a play to interfere in the 2016 election. "There's no doubt about it".

Papadopoulos was once described as a "coffee boy" to the Trump campaign.

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

A pre-sentencing statement last week read: "While some in the room rebuffed George's offer, Mr Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr Sessions, who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

"I am ready to accept my sentence", he added.

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