Former campaign adviser to Pres. Trump sentenced to 14 days in prison

Glen Norman
September 10, 2018

Prosecutors had told Judge Randolph Moss that Papadopoulos should spend up to six months in prison.

The lies Mr. Papadopoulos told in his voluntary interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 27, 2017, prosecutors said, "undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States".

After an Australian diplomat reported to American counterparts that Papadopoulos had told him over drinks about the "dirt" approach, the FBI opened its investigation, that also was around the time WikiLeaks posted thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails online. "In addition, public reports have said he has disappeared and hasn't been seen for months", DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson told The Hill. Pinedo "made a mistake" but "had absolutely no knowledge" about who was buying the information or their motivations, his lawyer said.

Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court Friday that his client's cooperation had earned him probation, saying he was "unsophisticated, he was naive and he was a fool".


According to documents released with his guilty plea, Papadopoulos offered to help set up a meeting with then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A defence lawyer took issue with the government's claim that Papadopoulos interfered with the probe. "A great day for America!"

In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration.

He then pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the his contacts with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor with connections to high-ranking Russian officials, who told him in late April 2016 that Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.


Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017.

The defense portrayed Papadopoulos as an eager campaign aide who was in over his head, and pushed back on claims by the prosecution that he had harmed the investigation. "4 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day", he wrote on Twitter, an apparent, if inflated, estimation of the Russian Federation investigation's cost.

With the sentence, the young man whom Trump administration officials called a "coffee boy" and whose family members have argued is caught in a spy conspiracy will become the first Trump campaign affiliate to have his criminal case reach its completion in the court system. "I don't know Papadopoulos". In a court filing last month, they described Papadopoulos as "ashamed and remorseful" but said he never derailed the Russian Federation investigation.

"He didn't come close to the standard of 'substantial assistance, '" prosecutor Andrew Goldstein told the judge at the sentencing hearing. Jeff Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".


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