Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos jailed for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Papadopoulos lawyers released a memo on Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for their client lying to the FBI when interviewed in January 2017

Papadopoulos lawyers released a memo on Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for their client lying to the FBI when interviewed in January 2017

Professor Joseph Mifsud gained global notoriety as the person who allegedly connected Trump's campaign with the Russians to destroy rival contestant Hillary Clinton and may have escaped the United States due to lies told by Papadopoulos.

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". Papadopoulos had initially claimed this was before he joined the campaign, though he later confirmed it was once he was on staff.

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".

Moss noted that many similar cases resulted in probation but said he imposed a sentence of incarceration partly to send a message to the public that they can't lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin.

In court Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos's cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance". "An investigator involved in our efforts to serve him was told Mifsud might be deceased", DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said.

During the hearing, Papadopoulos' attorney Thomas Breen argued that "The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", and that Papadopoulos "was unsophisticated, he was naive, and he was a fool". And, the prosecutors add, Papadopoulos has been hard for them to handle since he was arrested in July 2017.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the investigation.

The ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election continues today with no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with foreign actors to meddle in the election.

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According to the New York Times, George Papadopoulos played a key role in sparking the FBI's probe of Donald Trump's contacts with Russian Federation after he told a diplomat that Russian Federation had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

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

"Caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation, Mr Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".

In a court filing, lawyers for Papadopoulos had argued for probation, saying he was "ashamed and remorseful" but wasn't trying to undermine the Russian Federation probe when he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation".

The $28 million price tag cited by Mr. Trump is likely a reference to the cost of the Mueller probe.

"I think that if we're going to meet it's got to be a fair meeting", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One. He was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe and is now the first Trump campaign adviser to be sentenced.

For a time, Papadopoulos also looked to be a key informant.

"I made mistakes and I will pay for my mistakes", he said, adding, "I don't want to give up my goal of staying in politics".

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