Ex-Trump aide gets 14 days in prison for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Posted September 10, 2018

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

Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who triggered the Russian Federation investigation, and who pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI, leaves federal court after he was sentenced to fourteen days in prison, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Washington.

Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his interactions with a Russian national and the Maltese professor.

Professor Joseph Mifsud gained worldwide 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.

Prosecutors said Papadopoulos's lack of cooperation with investigators meant they were unable to effectively question or detain Mr Mifsud. He hasn't returned since.

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"I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly and I am terribly ashamed", Papadopoulos said at his sentencing hearing. "I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself".

Papadopoulos' defense attorney, Thomas Breen, pointed fingers at President Donald Trump.

"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said.

But it was his lies that set off the federal probe into Moscow collusion.

While this chapter of the Mueller investigation concludes for Papadopoulos, his testimony and information he provided as part of his plea deal could mean trouble for others in Trump's circle, including Mr. Trump himself.

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Papadopoulos has never publicly named those within the Trump campaign he told about the offer of emails from the professor, but he has said he was in regular touch with campaign chairman Paul Manafort, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and other top campaign officials.

Outside the courthouse Friday, Breen said Papadopoulos didn't recall ever telling anyone in the campaign about the fact that Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails. "In addition, public reports have said he has disappeared and hasn't been seen for months", DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson told The Hill. His attorneys, Breen and Robert Stanley, said their client lied to save his career and to "preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master", a reference that is not fully explained in court papers.

He has cooperated for more than a year with the probe into Russian interference in the USA presidential election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The US President has also denied collusion in numerous occasions. "A great day for America!" the president tweeted.

"I think everyone was a little paranoid throughout this past year", Papadopoulos said.

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