Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days in Jail
Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Gets 14 Days in Jail
Papadopoulos wife and unofficial spokeswoman Simona took to Twitter to share her support of her husband
10 September, 2018, 13:18
"I can only speak for myself, and I'm paying the price for my mistakes", he said, adding that he was not expecting a pardon and would not seek one.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering US and European politics for Fox News.
His lawyers say Papadopoulous acted out of a "misguided sense of loyalty to his master" and to preserve his career options in the new administration. They are cooperating with investigators and await sentencing. The 31-year-old, who was also ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and perform community service, is the first person to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation election interference.
Papadopoulos, one of the key players in the Russian Federation probe - or, as Trump described his role, a "coffee boy" - pled guilty late past year to lying to investigators.
By lying to investigators, Papadopoulos had made "a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", said Moss.
After Papadopoulos and his legal team left the courthouse in a black Chevy Suburban, his family members hung behind outside the courthouse.
"I was surrounded by important people", he told the judge. "Judge Moss was very fair", she said. "It will give him time to think things over".
The only other person to be sentenced in the investigation - lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan - received 30 days in prison.
The only other defendant in the Russian Federation probe who has been sentenced is Dutch attorney Alexander Van der Zwaan.
The sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss, agreed to allow Papadopoulos to surrender at a future date and to travel between now and then to NY and California, where his lawyer said he is considering relocating.
Ultimately, Moss said he felt Papadopoulos expressed genuine remorse.
Outside court on Friday, Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, said his client was a "fool" and had acted "stupidly" in lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Papadopoulos said even his family was concerned about his romantic relationship and suspected his wife was a Russian spy. A scheduled Federal Bureau of Investigation cooperation interview was canceled.
While the President had belittled Papadopoulos following his guilty plea last yea, calling him a "low level volunteer", he was actually one of just five foreign policy advisers for Mr. Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, accused of hacking Democratic Party computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Trump. Last November, Sessions testified to Congress that he had "pushed back" against Papadopoulos' offer. "I still have significant questions about how high that information went, and I know the Senate Intelligence Committee would like to hear directly from Mr. Papadopoulos". He publicly contradicted, in his court filing, congressional testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Sessions' response to the Putin-Trump meeting proposal.
Papadopoulos told CNN that he hopes to return to politics in the future.
"We were going in there to cooperate potentially against those two individuals", he said.
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