Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign and has long denounced the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a witch hunt.

The DNC's revelation came in court filings Friday in their lawsuit against Russian Federation, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed Papadopoulos in January 2017, and he lied about his April 2016 conversation with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor working in London who had ties to Russian officials.

In court on Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos's cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance". He was the first known Trump campaign official to cooperate with the special counsel into possible conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Papadopolous will also have 12 months of supervised release, serve 200 hours of community service within about a year and will be fined $9,500.

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos exits U.S. District Court after his sentencing hearing in Washington on September 7, 2018.

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

Trump said earlier Friday that he did not know Papadopoulos.

"The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.

Prosecutors had asked for six months. The case was kept under seal for three weeks after his guilty plea and made public only when Mueller announced the indictments of campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his top deputy, Rick Gates, for money laundering, illegal lobbying and other charges unrelated to the election.

After an Australian diplomat reported to American counterparts that Papadopoulos had told him over drinks about the "dirt" approach, the FBI opened its investigation, that also was around the time WikiLeaks posted thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails online.

"While its true that George made some political rookie mistakes on the campaign and afterwards it's important to remember that he's the victim here", Gordon said.

At the time, Trump and the White House sought to distance themselves from the former campaign foreign policy adviser, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming he'd had an "extremely limited" role on the campaign.

Papadopoulos' attorneys said in court papers their client is "ashamed and remorseful", but they insisted his lies did not harm the Russian Federation investigation.

The memo went on to say that Papadopoulos was "ashamed and remorseful", but he did not always seem that way on social media. In court papers, Breen wrote that during a March 2016 meeting attended by Papadopoulos, Trump nodded with approval at the idea, and then-Senator Jeff Sessions "appeared to like" it and said the campaign "should look into it".

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

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