Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russia probe

George Papadopoulos in October became the first person to plead guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

Donald Trump's ex-adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in jail for lying to the FBI

George Papadopoulos was the first to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

"I made a awful mistake, but I am a good man", he said Friday at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Washington.

The 31-year-old Chicago native was a little-experienced petroleum analyst based in London when he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as one of a handful of members of the Republican candidate's national security and foreign policy advisory board.

Outside court on Friday, Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, said his client was a "fool" and had acted "stupidly" in lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"This was not a noble lie", Moss said.

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The president told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that "I don't know Papadopoulos".

Thomas Breen, Papadopoulos's lawyer, admitted that his client had been "naive" and "a fool", but he also cast blame on President Trump.

The deal included a possible prison sentence of up to five years and three months.

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".

Prosecutors said Papadopoulos used his contacts with the professor, identified in court papers as Joseph Mifsud, to elevate his status within the campaign and lobby for a meeting between Trump and Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin.

In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration.

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"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. The Justice Department has spent at least $17 million investigating Russian meddling, but government estimates have shown that Mueller's team specifically has only spent about $7.7 million.

"I made a terrible mistake, but I am a good man who is eager for redemption", Papadopoulos said at his sentencing hearing.

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said. Sessions has said the opposite while testifying under oath.

Papadopoulos' attorney asked for probation.

"The defendant did not provide "substantial assistance" " after that arrest, prosecutors wrote to the judge, "and much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him". He received a sentence of 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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