Ex-Trump adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Ex-Trump adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Weeks later, stolen Clinton emails were leaked over the internet by what United States intelligence chiefs now say were Russian intelligence actors.

PAPADOPOULOS' attorney said Trump's efforts dwarfed his client's actions.

Even after his arrest and plea agreement previous year, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.

Asked if Papadopoulos still remained loyal to Trump, Breen smiled wryly and paused for a beat.

George Papadopoulos, 31, told the court in Washington DC he was a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying.

Papadopoulos' wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, has been publicly lobbying the president to pardon her husband. "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.

Ultimately, Moss said he felt Papadopoulos expressed genuine remorse. "He was riding very high, as Mr. Papadopoulos said to me himself, he had just come from the inauguration of the president of the United States".

He said his "entire life has been turned upside down" and he hoped "for a second chance to redeem myself". In fact, the special counsel's office has secured five other guilty pleas or convictions.

Trump reacted to the sentencing in a tweet on Friday in which he appears to contrast the overall cost of the special counsel's investigation to Papadopoulos' 14-day sentence.

Before the sentence was read, Papadopoulos' defense attorney, Thomas Breen, pointed fingers at Trump.

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

"We were going in there to cooperate potentially against those two individuals", he said.

Memos authored by House Republicans and Democrats, now declassified, show that information about Papadopoulos' contacts with Russian intermediaries triggered the FBI's counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos has asked the judge for extreme leniency.

The sentencing hearing, which lasted more than 90 minutes in a packed courtroom, veered in unexpected directions. "While his offense was grave, Mr. Papadopoulos did not intend to derail the federal investigation". Russian Federation approach Papadopoulos, 31, was an inexperienced London-based oil analyst when he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 on the Republican candidate's national security advisory board. He also said that Mifsud told him in April that the Russians had "thousands of emails" about Clinton - which Papadopoulos described as a "momentous statement" but not a direct offer of assistance.

A week before his sentencing, Papadopoulos' legal team took a final swipe at the administration.

He also used his connections to the professor to seek to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin.

Only one other criminal defendant in the Russian Federation probe has been sentenced. Mifsud left the United States and not returned, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found him in the US on February 11, 2017, about two weeks after Papadopoulos' first interview.

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

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