Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

"All I can say about this question - because I've been asked a million times - is if I told anyone it would have been discovered by now", he told CNN. Moscow denies interfering in the election.

Papadopoulos, 31, was also fined US$9,500 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service as well as 12 months of supervised release.

In court Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos' cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance". "It was at best, begrudging efforts to cooperate".

Despite constant attacks by the president, Mueller and his team "are conducting a serious, professional investigation" into the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russians, Warner said in a statement.

Papadopoulos told the judge that his entire life has been turned upside down due to this case, and that it has caused him to become "terribly depressed".

Before the sentencing, Papadopolous made a statement, describing himself as a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying to investigators.

He and his wife left the courthouse without speaking to the press.

"I am very happy with the judge".

"It's possible, yes", Mangiante Papadopoulos said. That's the only thing I know about him.

"So everybody said if you only listened to your mother none of this would have happened", she said.

Prosecutors said the lies Papadopoulos told slowed the investigation and prevented the FBI from arresting Mifsud before he could leave the United States. Van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison.

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Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S Mueller III had asked the judge to sentence Papadopoulos to six months in prison, saying his false statements "were meant to harm the investigation, and did so".

Judge Randolph Moss said he took the "genuine remorse" into consideration for the sentencing.

Papadopoulos' lawyer Thomas Breen had asked for leniency for his client.

"The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.

Defense counsel in their filings painted Papadopoulos as a naive and eager campaign aid who sought to impress the Trump campaign by setting up a meeting with campaign officials and Russian Federation to discuss whatever Russian Federation allegedly had on Ms. Clinton.

A hearing on the DNC lawsuit is scheduled for September 13 in Manhattan federal court.

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

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 Hillary Clinton, Trump's election rival.

His guilty plea came a year ago as a part of a plea deal.

Federal sentencing guidelines under Papadopoulos' plea deal called for a penalty between probation and six months in prison.

At another point, Breen talked about going to the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Chicago in February 2017 and seeing a picture of Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the wall.

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