Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days In Prison

10 September, 2018, 06:09 | Author: Myra Gill
  • George Papadopoulos and wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos after their Chicago wedding

Lawyers for Papadopoulos contradicted that assertion.

Papadopoulos also said that even before the appointment met with some Russian woman. Russian Federation has denied USA allegations that it interfered in the campaign and President Trump denies campaign collusion. But prosecutors said his assistance was negligible. "It was at best, begrudging efforts to cooperate".

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the timing and significance of his contacts with the Russians.

"I made a terrible mistake but I am a good..."

He and his wife left the courthouse without speaking to the press. However, they wrote, the claim that his lies harmed the investigation are "speculative and contrary to the evidence".

"I am very happy with the judge. It will give him time to think things over".

Papadopoulos said he couldn't remember ever reporting Mifsud's assertion to campaign higher-ups - but added he "can't guarantee" he kept the matter secret from his colleagues. In a court filing last month, they described Papadopoulos as "ashamed and remorseful" but said he never derailed the Russian Federation investigation.

The sentence was significantly less than prosecutors' recommendation of six months.

"This was not a noble lie", Moss said.

"He was seeking to assist himself in a way that placed his own personal interest above the interest of the United States", the judge said at the sentencing, as quoted by lawyer and reporter Luppe Luppen.

One of the biggest mysteries in the whole Russian Federation collusion investigation is who the Maltese professor was working for.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed Papadopoulos in January 2017, and he lied about his April 2016 conversation with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor working in London who had ties to Russian officials. "I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me - that's the only thing I know about him", he said, an apparent reference to a March 31, 2016, campaign meeting that Papadopoulos and Trump attended. But he acknowledged that Papadopoulos was unsophisticated, naive and even a "fool" for having made contacts with Russian Federation intermediaries during the campaign.

He also played a role in kick starting that investigation, after drunkenly telling an Australian diplomat the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Out of the 35 people and entities so far charged, Papadopoulos is one of five who have pleaded guilty and will be the second to be sentenced. The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case. He participated in four proffer sessions, they said, and "was willing to answer any questions posed".

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". This Russian Professor Papadopoulos presented as a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, although it wasn't true.

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



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