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Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

08 September 2018

According to Papadopoulos's account, "Mr. Trump nodded with approval" when he brought up a possible meeting and "deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

The former aide was the first person to be arrested as part of the special counsel's investigation.

Papadopoulos was sentenced by a federal judge to jail for 14 days, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $9,500.

Over the last few months, the Trump administration has distanced itself from the 31-year-old referring to him as a 'coffee boy'.

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

Before the sentencing, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court about how Trump had blasted the investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt" before Papadopolous met with the FBI and lied. "I don't know him", Trump said.

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Papadopoulos, who was initially interrogated on January 27, 2017 by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents regarding his work for the Trump campaign, was arrested at Washington-Dulles International Airport on July 27, 2017 and arraigned the following day.

US District Judge Randolph Moss said he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security".

Papadopoulos's attorneys had asked for probation for their client and said in court filings that Papadopoulos misled investigators to try to save his professional ambitions and out of a "perhaps misguided loyalty to his master" but not for more sinister reasons.

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. Instead, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said he made "at best grudging efforts to cooperate, and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard".

In hindsight, he said in court, he recognizes that was wrong and "might have harmed the investigation". He and his wife later participated in more media interviews. But he attended foreign policy meetings with candidate Trump and then-Sen.

Within weeks, he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin and introduced him to others who ostensibly had connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin - including a woman who claimed to be Putin's niece. Last November, Mr Sessions testified to Congress that he had "pushed back" against Papadopoulos' offer.

Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison