Trump mocks light sentence for George Papadopoulos

Trump mocks light sentence for George Papadopoulos

Prosecutors sought a sentence of up to six months, while defense lawyers asked for probation.

"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 sentence was imposed Friday in federal court in Washington.

The operatives Papadopoulos met offered him "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and "off-the-record" meetings in overtures he discussed with leaders of Donald Trump's campaign.

He was also given a £7,300 ($9,500) fine and community service.

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. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said a year ago that Papadopoulos, 31, had "a minimal role, if one at all" in the campaign.

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Papadopoulos is the first Trump campaign official to be sentenced as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference. In a court filing August 31, Papadopoulos's lawyers painted him as a political newcomer "eager to show his value to the campaign", and quickly got in over his head.

Papadopoulos, the first campaign aide sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, said he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for having lied to FBI agents during an interview previous year and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work.

"Been a hell of a year".

Papadopoulos obtained a plea deal at the time, which was subsequently unsealed last October. "Last week he tweeted, cryptically, "It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver" - Machiavelli".

Papadopoulos apparently raised the possibility of setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin during a national security meeting in March 2016.

He later attempted to use his links to the professor and Russian nationals to attempt to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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