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Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry

08 September 2018

Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller said Mr. Papadopoulos lied to agents about his contacts with Russians during the campaign "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the extent of the campaign's knowledge of his contacts", according to the government's sentencing memorandum. Papadopoulos also had contact with senior-level advisors and members of the Trump campaign on numerous occasions and was told by a Russian-connected London professor, Joseph Mifsud, that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

His lies about the timing of his encounter with the professor, including the false claim that it came before he'd joined the campaign, prevented investigators from effectively questioning Mifsud when he was in Washington in February 2017, prosecutors said in a court filing.

Three other campaign officials - chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and national security adviser Michael Flynn - either have pleaded guilty or been convicted of various crimes but none of the trio has yet been sentenced.

Papadopoulos was also sentenced to 13 months supervised released, 200 hours community service and a $9,500 fine. His lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss for a sentence of probation that would terminate immediately, saying he's been under close supervision for 13 months and cooperated with the government.

His lawyers say Papadopoulous acted out of a "misguided sense of loyalty to his master" and to preserve his career options in the new administration.

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Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did".

The deal included a possible prison sentence of up to five years and three months.

The $28 million price tag cited by Mr. Trump is likely a reference to the cost of the Mueller probe. Instead, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said he made "at best grudging efforts to cooperate, and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard". He had discussed with those foreigners the possibility of a foreign trip where Donald Trump could meet Vladimir Putin.

George Papadopoulos, former campaign adviser for Donald Trump, arrives for sentencing with his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos.

Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Trump who was also a close campaign aide, pleaded guilty in December to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian Federation and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

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

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.

But he said then-senator and now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions "was actually enthusiastic".

The memo went on to say that Papadopoulos was "ashamed and remorseful", but he did not always seem that way on social media.

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

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Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos jailed in Russian Federation inquiry