Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

Hannah Rogers
September 8, 2018

Papadopoulos "was the first to plead guilty in the [Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe into Russian interference]".

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

"In January 2017, I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed", Papadopoulos had told the court in Washington.

"The defendant did not provide 'substantial assistance, ' and much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history, and other information it had obtained via search warrants and subpoenas", the court filing said.

When Papadopoulos pleaded guilty previous year, he pledged to help the special counsel's office with its investigation. He has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, plus a year of supervision and 200 additional hours of community service.

Trump criticized the investigation and the Justice Department on the day he was inaugurated, Breen told U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss.

Papadopoulos lied to investigators because he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu investigation" and wanted to "save his professional aspirations", his lawyers said.

Papadopoulos' mother Kiki, aunt Maria and father Tony spoke to CNN as they exited the hearing.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of up to six months, while defence lawyers asked for probation.

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The lawyers argued Papadopoulos lied as he was influenced by the President's aggressive sentiments on the probe.

Those issues are now at the heart of Mueller's sprawling investigation, which increasingly threatens Trump's inner circle and the president himself.

The Chicago native was a London-based petroleum analyst before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as a volunteer foreign policy adviser. Pinedo "made a mistake" but "had absolutely no knowledge" about who was buying the information or their motivations, his lawyer said. He admitted to lying about those contacts to Mueller's team, which investigators said led them to miss a chance to interview the professor, Joseph Mifsud.

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".

Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to a charge of making false statements to investigators about his contacts with Russian Federation.

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.

That account conflicts with what Sessions, now attorney general, testified before Congress.

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

Van der Zwaan was sentenced to 30 days in a Pennsylvania prison and received a $20,000 fine.

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