Trump mocks light sentence for George Papadopoulos

The Latest Trump celebrates 14-day sentence for former aide

George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was sentenced to 14 days in jail Friday.

Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign, has been a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation dating back before Mueller's May 2017 appointment.

Kyle Cheney, a reporter for Politico, added that D.C. District Court Judge Randolph Moss also sentenced Papadopoulos to a year of supervision, 200 hours of community service, and a $9,500 fine.

The former aide was the first person to be arrested as part of the special counsel's investigation.

Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption.

Papadopoulos acknowledged that he had lied to investigators about contacts with a Kremlin-linked professor who informed him in April 2016 that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton and "thousands of emails".

His mother said on Friday that she "still supports" Trump.

He was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe and is now the first Trump campaign adviser to be sentenced.

Team Trump tried to minimize his role in the campaign, labeling him a "coffee boy".

It was revealed in December that it was drunken comments by Papadopoulos to an Australian diplomat that triggered the Russian Federation probe in the first place.

That sparked a counterintelligence investigation that has became the ongoing effort led by former FBI Director Mueller to get to the bottom of Russia's attack on the 2016 election - and whether any Americans conspired with those efforts.

One individual was a Russian woman who Papadopoulos believed had connections to the Russian government.

Prosecutors say Papadopoulos' lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation and he did not provide substantial assistance.

Papadopoulos was pictured in March 2016 sitting at a table with Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become USA attorney general, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.

He later attempted to use his links to the professor and Russian nationals to attempt to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"My recollection was that the senator [Jeff Sessions] was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin".



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