Trump's former adviser George Papadopoulos handed 14-day jail term

Papadopoulos wife and unofficial spokeswoman Simona took to Twitter to share her support of her husband

Among those contacts were London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

US District Judge Randolph Moss on Friday sentenced Papadopoulos to 14 days, noting that he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security".

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him in January 2017, Papadopoulos falsely claimed he had met two individuals with Russian ties before he joined the president's team in March 2016.

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".

"I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me, that's the only thing I know about him", Trump said, referring to a widely circulated photo of Papadopoulos in a meeting with Trump and several other advisers. The committee indicated that a private investigator had been used to find Mifsud, who had disappeared for months, and was told the Maltese professor may be dead.

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

But the attorney said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than Papadopoulos ever could".

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The tactic echoed something Trump did during the 2016 campaign, when he retaliated against Republican Sen. But "for Democrats, it confirms their worst suspicions".

They wrote in a sentencing memo: "Mr Papadopoulos's motives for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation were wrongheaded indeed, but far from the sinister spin the government suggests".

Papadopoulos served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign, and was the first to plead guilty in the Mueller probe. He participated in four proffer sessions, they say, and "was willing to answer any questions posed".

The DNC's revelation came in court filings Friday in their lawsuit against Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

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. He told the judge Friday that at the time, he mused to himself that he and his client were there to cooperate in an investigation that potentially could implicate those two men.

At a campaign meeting at the end of March 2016 Papadopoulos told Trump, then-senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and other campaign officials that he had connections in London that could set up a Trump-Putin meeting ahead of the November election. While Trump has the legal power to, and has said he feels he has the full right sack the special counsel, the probe continues and Mueller is still at its helm. Lawyers for Papadopoulos had appealed for probation.

Breen also rejected the idea that Papadopoulos was the victim of a witch hunt or prosecutorial misconduct.

"The message is for all of us to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys", Breen said.

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