Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former Trump's campaign aide jailed in Russia probe

Former Trump's campaign aide jailed in Russia probe

'Young and ambitious' Federal Bureau of Investigation agents quietly opened a probe into Trump campaign officials possibly colluding with Russia after they were tipped off by an Australian diplomat that Papadopoulos had spoken about Russians having dirt on Clinton.

Lied: George Papadopoulos, former campaign adviser for Donald Trump, outside court on Friday.

The ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election continues today with no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with foreign actors to meddle in the election.

Prosecutors said the lies Papadopoulos told slowed the investigation and prevented the FBI from arresting Mifsud before he could leave the United States.

George Papadopoulos, 31, told the court in Washington DC he was a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying.

DNC lawyers wrote in court filings Friday that Joseph Mifsud, who spoke to Papadopoulos during the 2016 presidential election, "is missing and may be deceased", Bloomberg News reported.

J.D. Gordon, former National Security Adviser for the Trump campaign, echoed similar sentiments, while blasting the Mueller probe.

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

Papadopoulos' conversations with Mifsud were not related to seeking dirt on Clinton, the lawyers said, but an effort to broker a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Papadopoulos said even his family was concerned about his romantic relationship and suspected his wife was a Russian spy.

The charges centered on a January 2017 interview in which Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asked Papadopoulos about his conversations with Joseph Misfud, a professor he believed had connections to Moscow. His attorneys, Breen and Robert Stanley, said their client lied to save his career and to "preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master", a reference that is not fully explained in court papers.

"This was not a noble lie", Moss said.

Out of the 35 people and entities so far charged, Papadopoulos is one of five who have pleaded guilty and will be the second to be sentenced.

But Papadopoulos, referring to Sessions, said to CNN, "I remember that he was enthusiastic about a potential meeting".

If Tapper was disappointed with this statement, Papadopoulos made it up to him, saying then-Sen.

Papadopoulos was the first former Trump aide arrested in the probe into an alleged Kremlin plot to influence the 2016 United States elections. Sessions has claimed he opposed the idea, but Papadopoulos continued to discuss it with top campaign officials over the following months. I think the judge took everything into consideration. Jeff Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

His attorneys say he cooperated fully.

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