Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days In Prison

Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days In Prison

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

"My entire life has been turned upside down". "He was very fair", Kiki Papadopoulos said.

Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption.

"In some ways it constitutes a calculated exercise of self interest over the national interest", the judge said.

Papadopoulos, 31, is the second person charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation to be sentenced.

In addition to the two weeks' jail term, Papadopoulos was given a year of probation and ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and fined $9,500.

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

Prosecutors said the lies Papadopoulos told slowed the investigation and prevented the FBI from arresting Mifsud before he could leave the United States. While his client had misled the FBI, he argued, he did so in an environment where Trump himself was casting doubt on the investigation. Sessions has said the opposite while testifying under oath. However, Papadopoulos' mother Kiki told reporters she was satisfied he had received a fair sentence.

"We are very satisfied with the sentence".

"No offence, but he was unsophisticated, he was naive and he was foolish", Breen said in court.

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

Mueller's office did not immediately comment on the sentence.

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He was the first ex-Trump aide arrested in the probe into an alleged Kremlin plot to sway the 2016 United States vote. The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

"He called Mueller's team "professional" and well-prepared".

Papadopoulos initially lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of his interactions with the professor, suggesting they happened before he started working for Trump, while actually it was afterward. Mifsud introduced him to others who ostensibly had connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin - including a woman who claimed to be Putin's niece.

American authorities were alerted in mid-2016 after Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat during a drinking session in a London pub about his meetings with Professor Mifsud. Moscow denies interfering in the election.

His sentencing came as part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe that has led to the indictments or convictions of 32 people.

During his sentencing hearing Papadopoulos said his case should serve as a warning to others.

The 31-year-old Chicago native was a little-experienced petroleum analyst based in London when he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as one of a handful of members of the Republican candidate's national security and foreign policy advisory board.

If Tapper was disappointed with this statement, Papadopoulos made it up to him, saying then-Sen.

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.

Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were indicted in Mueller's investigation in February, accused of tampering in the 2016 election to support Trump.

President Donald Trump tweets "No Collusion".

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