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Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison
Patty Aguilar | 08 September, 2018, 14:52

Ex-Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to investigators about his contact with individuals tied to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

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".

Papadopoulos in October became the first person to plead guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying to investigators about his conversations with former Trump aide Rick Gates, who last month testified in court against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted on fraud charges but has not yet been sentenced.

"14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion", the president tweeted. "A great day for America!" he tweeted.

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. Papadopoulos initially told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he spoke to Mifsud, who told him about Russian "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, before he joined the Trump campaign.

Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin.

The Chicago native was a London-based petroleum analyst before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as a volunteer foreign policy adviser.

"At the time he was told that, he didn't really concern himself with that", Breen said when asked if Papadopoulos believed Russian Federation did have damaging information on Clinton based on his conversation with Mifsud.

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The US President has also denied collusion in numerous occasions.

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

Court documents say Papadopoulos worked to create a relationship between the campaign and the Kremlin after then-candidate Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination.

Papadopoulos lied to investigators because he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu investigation" and wanted to "save his professional aspirations", his lawyers said.

"I made a awful mistake, but I am a good man", he said Friday at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Washington. "I was young and ambitious".

The sentence drew a quick response from Trump on Twitter, as he scoffed at the two weeks of prison time by comparing it to an unverified cost figure for the Mueller probe.

"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said.

But in a pre-sentencing filing last week, Papadopoulos's lawyers presented a different account, saying that candidate Trump "nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

The White House distanced itself from Papadopoulos, referring to his campaign role as nothing more than a low-level coffee boy, after his guilty plea. He hopes to be excused from probation immediately after the sentencing because of the last 13 months he's spent since his arrest, his memo said.

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