"Coffee Boy" Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days

"Coffee Boy" Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days

"I made a awful mistake", Papadopoulos, 31, said in a statement to Judge Randolph Moss in the Washington, D.C., courtroom.

It comes ten months after Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), which at the time was leading the probe into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

"I made a bad mistake", Papadopoulos said a courtroom statement. Mueller and Flynn's defense team last month asked for more time before Flynn is sentenced. His case was also the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election while it was ongoing.

But he said incarceration was necessary because Papadopoulos had lied on a matter of grave national interest and the public needed to understand that lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is a serious matter.

A former campaign aide to Donald Trump has been jailed for 14 days after admitting lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian collusion.

He said Mr Trump had hampered the inquiry by calling it a "witch hunt" and "fake news".

The judge had planned a harsher sentence but said he was moved by Papadopolous' words of contrition.

Papadopoulos says it has global implications and that "the truth matters".

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He portrayed Papadopoulos as a naive young man who was "being worked by a pro", a reference to Professor Mifsud, whom he later said he believes was working for Russian Federation and trying to take advantage of his client.

At the time, Trump and the White House sought to distance themselves from the former campaign foreign policy adviser, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming he'd had an "extremely limited" role on the campaign.

"It wasn't an offer", he said Friday night, denying that Mifsud had dangled the possibility of funneling the emails to the Trump campaign. "The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States", they wrote.

Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did". "While his offense was grave, Mr. Papadopoulos did not intend to derail the federal investigation". "No Collusion. A great day for America!"

Breaking his silence for the first time since his guilty plea, Papadopoulos also doubled down on the claim that then-Sen.

Prosecutors say Mifsud arranged a meeting in London cafe between Papadopoulos and a young woman he falsely described as Russian President Vladimir Putin's niece.

Before he was sentenced, Papadopoulos spoke to Judge Randy Moss for about three minutes, reading a speech in which he admitted he was wrong, ashamed and regretful.

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

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