Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids Mich. Nov. 8 2016

Papadopoulos was the first person affiliated with the Trump campaign to be indicted, as part of the Mueller probe.

He has testified that senior members of the Trump campaign encouraged him during 2016 to build ties with Russian Federation, including after he told them that Moscow possessed - and could be willing to share - dirt on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton.

Papadopoulos, who was initially interrogated on January 27, 2017 by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents regarding his work for the Trump campaign, was arrested at Washington-Dulles International Airport on July 27, 2017 and arraigned the following day.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his dealings with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor who told him in 2016 that Russian Federation had damaging information on President Trump's campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

In court on Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos's cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance".

Three other campaign officials - chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and national security adviser Michael Flynn - either have pleaded guilty or been convicted of various crimes but none of the trio has yet been sentenced.

The judge also issued a $9,500 fine and community service. They are cooperating with investigators and await sentencing.

Papadopoulos' mother Kiki, aunt Maria and father Tony spoke to CNN as they exited the hearing.

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos told Tapper.

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

In requesting that Papadopoulos serve some prison time, government lawyers said he and his wife had participated in media interviews riddled with misstatements.

The president weighed in shortly after the sentence was handed down, scoffing in a tweet at the length and making an apparent reference to the cost of Mueller's investigation.

By lying to investigators, Papadopoulos had made "a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", said Moss. "I can't guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign".

Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Trump who was also a close campaign aide, pleaded guilty in December to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian Federation and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

According to Papadopoulos's account, "Mr. Trump nodded with approval" when he brought up a possible meeting and "deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it". Papadopoulos says he had nothing to do with the leak.

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.

The court filing also suggested that both Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions approved of his outreach to Moscow, contradicting Sessions' sworn testimony.

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