Ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos jailed for two weeks over Federal Bureau of Investigation lies

Ex-Trump aide George Papadopoulos jailed for two weeks over Federal Bureau of Investigation lies

George Papadopoulos, a former adviser to Donald Trump's election campaign whose contacts with Russians set off the probe into possible collusion with Moscow, has been jailed for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly and I am terribly ashamed", Papadopoulos said in court.

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

Moss said he thought Papadopoulos' remorse was genuine.

However, reporting has suggested that he had been more involved with the campaign than the Trump team has let on.

"In some ways it constitutes a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", the judge said. "He was seeking to assist himself in a way that placed his own personal ambitions above the interests of the United States".

In addition to the prison time, Papadopoulos was sentenced to one year of supervised release and 200 hours of community service.

Before the sentencing, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court about how Trump had blasted the investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt" before Papadopolous met with the FBI and lied.

Today in court, his lawyers argued President Trump's attacks on the Mueller's investigation have done much more damage to the probe than "George Papadopoulos ever could".

"It was at best begrudging efforts to cooperate and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard", he said. However, Papadopoulos' mother Kiki told reporters she was satisfied he had received a fair sentence.

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"We are very satisfied with the sentence. I'm sure you're wondering what comes next", and that he was impressed by his words to the judge.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos told Tapper. "But there is no doubt in my mind that the judge issued what he thought was a very fair sentence".

The White House distanced itself from Papadopoulos, referring to his campaign role as nothing more than a low-level coffee boy, after his guilty plea.

Papadopoulous had claimed the meetings took place before he began working for Trump, but later admitted this was not the case.

His guilty plea came past year as a part of a plea deal.

Breen told reporters outside court, "I think we're all somewhat satisfied at this point in time that they know Russian Federation meddled in the election". He publicly contradicted, in his court filing, congressional testimony from Sessions about Sessions' response to the Putin-Trump meeting proposal.

In this photo from President Donald Trump's Twitter account, George Papadopoulos, third from left, sits at a table with then-candidate Trump and others at what is labeled at a national security meeting in Washington that was posted on March 31, 2016.

In statements made after his sentencing, Papadopoulos said he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for having lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during an interview past year and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work.

President Donald Trump tweets "No Collusion".

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

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