Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

During an interview with the newspaper The Australian in April, Downer said Papadopoulos, unprompted, said that "the Russians might use material they have on Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the election, which might be damaging".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Court House past news media in lower Manhattan, New York City, U.S. August 21, 2018.

In response, defense lawyer Thomas Breen said his client was "remorseful" that his lies impeded the investigation.

The special counsel's office prosecutors want a more substantial sentence and have asked the judge for up to six months of prison time, which would fall within the court's guidelines for his crime.

Mifsud was reportedly teaching at a private university in Rome before he vanished late previous year, shortly after his name emerged as a key figure in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Papadopoulos's comments on "This Week" were his first in public since being sentenced Friday to 14 days incarceration, one year of supervised release, 200 hours of community service and a $9,500 fine. "Judge Randy Moss emphasized that there's "no reason to think the Federal Bureau of Investigation bamboozled" Papadopoulos, and he said his lies were not meant to boost Russian Federation but to serve his own self-interest of getting a job in the Trump White House".

No connection between Mr Misfud and the hacked emails has been proven.

Born in Chicago, Papadopoulos was a London-based petroleum analyst before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as a volunteer foreign policy adviser.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his correspondence with Russian nationals and attempts to arrange a meeting between the campaign and Russian officials.

Attorney Thomas Breen
George Papadopoulos: ex-Trump adviser jailed for 14 days for lying to FBI

Partly as a result, they said, agents were unable to "effectively question" Misfud when he visited the United States two weeks later.

Mifsud reportedly surfaced briefly at a conference in Washington, D.C., in February 2017, and at the time told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he never said anything to Papadopoulos about Clinton's emails, that he didn't even know about the emails, and that he wasn't a Russian operative. Lawyers for Papadopoulos had appealed for probation.

Papadopoulos concluded by saying "this investigation has global implications, and the truth matters". Instead, they said, Papadopoulos "misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master". Trump "hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.

Minutes later, Trump seemed to claim vindication.

Moss said he gave Papadopoulos 14 days because he researched how many defendants with this type of charge resulted in prison time - and it was fewer than half. "A great day for America!" he tweeted.

His case was the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election while it was ongoing.

"It's time to think about everything", Kiki Papadopoulos added.

Papadopoulos was charged in July 2017.

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