George Papadopoulos Sentenced to Two Weeks in Prison for Lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Papadopoulos in October became the first person to plead guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. He hopes to be excused from probation immediately after the sentencing because of the last 13 months he's spent since his arrest, his memo said. Papadopoulos was also given 200 hours of community service and a $9,500 fine.

Papadopoulos brought the idea up at a campaign meeting with Trump and future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with Sessions later testifying before Congress that he had "pushed back" against the idea.

"I am very happy with the judge". They allege Papadopoulos thwarted an ongoing national security investigation and contributed to them losing track of Joseph Mifsud, the professor who knew about the "dirt" on Clinton, before they could effectively question him.

Mueller is expected to produce a report on his investigation, which so far has failed to produce definitive evidence that Trump was helped to the White House by the Russians, in the coming weeks.

Also in court, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, criticized Mr. Trump for calling the Russian Federation probe fake news and a witch hunt. Pinedo "made a mistake" but "had absolutely no knowledge" about who was buying the information or their motivations, his lawyer said.

Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Mueller's probe, but it remains unknown whether he has provided the probe with any information supporting allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

Attorneys for Papadopoulos had sought to avoid prison, instead requesting probation.

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The only other defendant in the Russian Federation probe who has been sentenced is Dutch attorney Alexander Van der Zwaan.

"We are very satisfied with the sentence", Papadopoulos's lawyer, Thomas Breen, told reporters after the hearing.

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. The judge who sentenced Van der Zwaan, by contrast, did not feel he was contrite about his crimes.

That was because, in January 2017, shortly before Papadopoulos was interviewed by - and lied to - the FBI, Trump proclaimed that the Russian Federation investigation was a "witch hunt" and "fake news", one his lawyers, Thomas Breen, told the court.

In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timings of his meetings with a Kremlin-linked professor. He and his wife later participated in more media interviews. More accurately, Papadopoulos hemmed and hawed, and finally settled on, "I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so".

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

Richard Pinedo, who was not involved with the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in a case related to the Mueller probe in February to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign identity fraud by creating, buying and stealing hundreds of bank account numbers that he sold to individuals to use with large digital payment companies.

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