Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Prosecutors had asked Judge Randolph Moss in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to impose a prison sentence of up to six months, saying that Mr. Papadopoulos's lies impeded their investigation and that he did not co-operate.

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Papadopoulos lied to agents about his contacts with Russians during the campaign "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the extent of the campaign's knowledge of his contacts", according to the government's sentencing memorandum.

The federal judge said he took into consideration Papadopoulos's "genuine remorse" in issuing the light sentence, which included a $9,500 fine, a year on parole and community service.

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".

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.

Even after his arrest and plea agreement past year, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.

Breen said his client's primary interest was brokering a meeting between Trump and Putin, a move he believed the campaign supported.

Moss also said he thought it was important that his sentence send the public a message about the gravity of misleading and, "telling lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on matters of grave importance to the nation".

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Papadopoulos further stressed: "I remember him being enthusiastic about a potential meeting between the candidate and President Putin after I raised the question".

"Caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation, Mr Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".

The conversations actually occurred after he was brought on as a foreign policy adviser.

Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did".

However, prosecutors argued the former aide's lies were indeed "material to the investigation".

When Papadopoulos pleaded guilty past year, he pledged to help the special counsel's office with its investigation.

In response, Papadopoulos's attorneys have acknowledged his offense was "unquestionably serious", but they downplayed any damage he caused.

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