Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Everything That Happened This Week In The Trump-Russia Story

Everything That Happened This Week In The Trump-Russia Story

Papadopoulos was sentenced in a separate legal case Friday to two weeks in prison for lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Mifsud during the campaign, the first sentence for a former campaign aide as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration.

Papadopoulos later used his connections with the Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud (above), and other Russian nationals in an attempt to broker a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prosecutors had asked Papadopoulos be sentenced to no less than six months.

In requesting that Papadopoulos serve some prison time, government lawyers said he and his wife had participated in media interviews riddled with misstatements.

"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said.

The judge also issued a $9,500 fine and community service. His sentencing Friday made clear he had barely been a cooperator in the investigation, yet had serious contact with Russia's affiliates in Europe as they tried to lure the Trump campaign.

"I think that if we're going to meet it's got to be a fair meeting", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly downplayed Papadopoulos' role on the campaign, with one of them describing him as a mere "coffee boy".

"I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself", Mr. Papadopoulos told the judge at the sentencing hearing.

Even after his arrest and plea agreement previous year, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages. In court papers filed ahead of the sentencing, prosecutors say those lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months.

Mr. Papadopoulos was pictured in March, 2016, sitting at a table with Mr. Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become U.S. Attorney-Ggeneral, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.

After Papadopoulos and his legal team left the courthouse in a black Chevy Suburban, his family members hung behind outside the courthouse.

"I made a terrible mistake, but I am a good man who is eager for redemption", Papadopoulos said at his sentencing hearing.

"We don't talk politics", he said. They said his sentence should reflect that "lying to federal investigators has real consequences, especially where the defendant lied to investigators about critical facts in an investigation of national importance". He recalled how he and attorney Robert Stanley and Papadopoulos visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago months ago and noticed the photos of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump hanging on the lobby wall.

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