Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

George Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, has been sentenced to prison.

In Friday's sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $9,500 (£7,350).

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

Papadopoulos, 31, was an inexperienced oil analyst based in London when he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as one of a handful of members of the Republican candidate's national security advisory board. "A great day for America!" he tweeted.

In December, 2017, two months after his guilty plea, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had plans for a follow-up meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos.

Outside the courthouse Friday, Breen said Papadopoulos didn't recall ever telling anyone in the campaign about the fact that Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails.

His case was the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election while it was ongoing.

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". Press secretary Sarah Sanders said past year that Papadopoulos, 31, had "a minimal role, if one at all" in the campaign.

Papadopoulos married Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos while awaiting sentencing.

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Within weeks, he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin and introduced him to others who ostensibly had connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin - including a woman who claimed to be Putin's niece.

His lawyers say Papadopoulous acted out of a "misguided sense of loyalty to his master" and to preserve his career options in the new administration.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday ahead of the sentencing, Trump played down his relationship with Papadopoulos.

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.

George Papadopoulos' fall from one-time foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump to inmate at a USA federal prison began with "one or two" gin and tonics at an upscale London bar in 2016 with Australia's then high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer.

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

Papadopoulos was arrested more than a year ago and pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with several people connected to Russian Federation during the campaign.

The memo went on to say that Papadopoulos was "ashamed and remorseful", but he did not always seem that way on social media. "But there is no doubt in my mind that the judge issued what he thought was a very fair sentence". "We have seen no set up by USA intelligence people", he said, noting that he also had no reason to believe that Papadopoulos was the subject of a warrant obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Jeff Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it". The conversations actually occurred after he was brought on as a foreign policy adviser.

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