Trump Gloats After Papadopoulos Sentence: ‘No Collusion, A Great Day for America!’


Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos has just been sentenced by a federal judge after pleading guilty a year ago to lying to the FBI.

He was also the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of the Russian efforts to meddle while it was going on.

The former Trump advisor whose remarks in a London pub sparked the U.S. inquiry into possible collusion with Russian Federation has been sentenced to 14 days in jail. It was revealed in December that it was drunken comments by Papadopoulos to an Australian diplomat that triggered the Russian Federation probe in the first place.

"Judge said he believed Papadopoulos was genuinely remorseful but didn't agree to a probation sentence because he needed to send a message about the seriousness of lying to the FBI", Cheney wrote in a subsequent tweet.

The judge also issued a $9,500 fine and community service.

US District Judge Randolph Moss said he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security".

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Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's campaign, has been a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation dating back before Mueller's May 2017 appointment. That probe was later taken over by Mueller.

According to a sweeping indictment handed up this summer, Russian intelligence had stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic groups by April 2016, the same month Papadopoulos was told by a professor that Russian officials had told him they had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Within weeks, he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin and introduced him to others who ostensibly had connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin - including a woman who claimed to be Putin's niece.

He then pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the his contacts with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor with connections to high-ranking Russian officials, who told him in late April 2016 that Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Papdopoulos' lawyer Tom Breen said, "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did". While his client had misled the FBI, he argued, he did so in an environment where Trump himself was casting doubt on the investigation. His attorneys, Mr 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.