Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser Jailed

George 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 Russia

Donald Trump's ex-adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in jail for lying to the FBI

Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Papadopoulos, a young oil and gas consultant, was the first Trump official to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Prosecutors had asked Judge Randolph Moss in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to impose a prison sentence of up to six months, saying that Mr. Papadopoulos's lies impeded their investigation and that he did not co-operate.

The junior adviser first appeared on investigators' radar during the campaign after he told an Australian diplomat that Russians had political dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was on her way to becoming the Democratic nominee for president.

Papadopoulos was once described as a "coffee boy" to the Trump campaign.

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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".

In Friday's sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $9,500 (£7,350).

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him in January, Papadopoulos falsely claimed he had met two individuals with Russian ties before he joined the president's team in March 2016.

The lawyers portrayed Papadopoulos as "out of his depth" as a foreign policy adviser for a candidate for whom he had "unbridled loyalty".

As noted by USA Today, authorities thought that Papadopoulos could serve as a key informant, but it quickly became clear that was not the case.

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Papadopoulos also made a similar claim about Sessions last week in court.

His mother said on Friday that she "still supports" Trump.

His lawyers said Papadopoulos had suggested brokering a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016 and that Trump "nodded with approval", according to a court filing last month. 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".

They said Papadopoulos's initial lies hindered investigators' ability to effectively question, challenge or detain Joseph Mifsud, the London professor who had contacted him.

Papadopoulos obtained a plea deal at the time, which was subsequently unsealed last October.

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