Ex-campaign aide of Trump jailed in Russian Federation probe

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By lying to investigators, Papadopoulos had made "a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", said Moss.

George Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, was sentenced to 14 days in jail for lying to investigators about his contacts with a United Kingdom professor peddling dirt from Russian officials about Hillary Clinton.

George Papadopoulos was the first to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors said in a court filing that Papadopoulos' "lies negatively affected the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, and prevented the FBI from effectively identifying and confronting witnesses in a timely fashion". Papadopoulos had told investigators that the conversation happened before he became a Trump campaign adviser, when in fact he had worked for the campaign for more than a month at the time.

The sentence was significantly less than prosecutors' recommendation of six months. He hasn't returned since.

He was handed a 14-day jail term as he told a court in Washington: "In January 2017, I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed".

"My entire life has been turned upside down, I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself", he said.

DNC lawyers wrote in court filings Friday that Joseph Mifsud, who spoke to Papadopoulos during the 2016 presidential election, "is missing and may be deceased", Bloomberg News reported. Trump "hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.

In a court filing, lawyers for Papadopoulos had argued for probation, saying he was "ashamed and remorseful" but wasn't trying to undermine the Russian Federation probe when he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation".

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During his January 2017 interview with the FBI, Papadopoulos misled investigators about when he was told Russian Federation allegedly had dirt on Ms. Clinton.

In addition, they said Mr. Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" and only came clean after he was confronted with his own e-mails, texts and other evidence. Mifsud allegedly told Papadopoulos that the Kremlin had "dirt" on the Democratic Party's nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the form of "thousands" of "emails of Clinton".

"I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me, that's the only thing I know about him", Trump said, referring to a widely circulated photo of Papadopoulos in a meeting with Trump and several other advisers.

The lawyers argued Papadopoulos lied as he was influenced by the President's aggressive sentiments on the probe.

His lawyers said he was "young" and lied out of "misguided loyalty to his master".

"14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion".

Trump criticized the investigation and the Justice Department on the day he was inaugurated, Breen told Moss. "A great day for America!" he tweeted. Trump tweeted. Senator Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own Russian Federation collusion investigation, applauded Mueller's work.

Paul Manafort, another one of Trump's former staff, was convicted last month.

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