George Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Mueller Investigation

Breaking Former Trump campaign aide sentenced – and his lawyer blames Trump

The former Trump aide's legal team has requested leniency, asking that Papadopoulos receive probation but no prison time.

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", Breen said.

George Papadopoulos' fall from one-time foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump to inmate at a United States federal prison began with "one or two" gin and tonics at an upscale London bar in 2016 with Australia's then high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer.

"I made a bad mistake", Papadopoulos told the judge. His case was also 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.

George Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the presidential campaign. A federal court kept his July 2017 arrest secret for more than two months after Mueller's office argued that making it public would "significantly undermine his ability to serve as a proactive cooperator". Gates pleaded guilty and testified against his former boss. The judge declared a mistrial on the remaining 10 counts, and prosecutors have yet to decide whether to retry him on the deadlocked charges.

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.

Moss also looked to Alex Van Der Zwaan's sentence of 30 days in prison, and noted how Van Der Zwaan was a lawyer and expressed far less remorse to the judge at his sentencing compared to Papadopoulos.

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According to Bloomberg, the DNC said it believed all of the defendants in the case had been served, with the exception of Mifsud. "And yes, you know, I think they thought that she might have been some sort of Russian spy".

The memo went on to say that Papadopoulos was "ashamed and remorseful", but he did not always seem that way on social media.

Both Papadopoulos' mother and his now-wife, Simona Mangiante, whom he met through LinkedIn during the 2016 campaign, have been his outspoken defenders since his plea.

Papadopoulos, who was sentenced in federal court in Washington, had pleaded guilty in October to lying to FBI agents about the timing and significance of his contacts, including a professor who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton. "I don't know Papadopoulos. There's no doubt about it".

Outside the courthouse Friday, Breen said Papadopoulos didn't recall ever telling anyone in the campaign about the fact that Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails. Others pleading guilty in the Mueller probe include former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Washington lobbyist Sam Patten. Instead, they said, Papadopoulos "misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".

Then, hedging a bit, he added: "I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so". "I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me".

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