Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Papadopoulos' Lawyer Is Not A Fan Of Trump's 'Witch Hunt' Tweets

Papadopoulos' Lawyer Is Not A Fan Of Trump's 'Witch Hunt' Tweets

Papadopoulos "was the first to plead guilty in the [Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe into Russian interference]".

He has cooperated for more than a year with the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The sentence was imposed in federal court in Washington.

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.

He had actually met them after joining Mr Trump's campaign.

Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did".

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S Mueller III had asked the judge to sentence Papadopoulos to six months in prison, saying his false statements "were meant to harm the investigation, and did so".

At the time, Trump and the White House sought to distance themselves from the former campaign foreign policy adviser, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming he'd had an "extremely limited" role on the campaign.

"I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself", Papadopoulos told the judge.

In his time with the Trump campaign, the delicacy of Papadopoulos's mission to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin was not always reflected in his conduct. That's the only thing I know about him.

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

While this chapter of the Mueller investigation concludes for Papadopoulos, his testimony and information he provided as part of his plea deal could mean trouble for others in Trump's circle, including Mr. Trump himself. Lawyers for Papadopoulos had requested probation, saying he lied not to impede investigation but "to preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".

Even after his arrest and plea agreement a year ago, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.

In hindsight, he said in court, he recognizes that was wrong and "might have harmed the investigation".

Papadopoulos disagreed in his own court filing, arguing he "cooperated fully" and provided "critical information".

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