Former US presidential advisor sentenced to 14 days in prison

10 September, 2018, 09:08 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Former Trump Aide George Papadopoulos Has been Sentenced For Lying to the FBI and he Throws Trump Under the Bus

His client was also affected by Trump's cries of "fake news" and his casting of the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" just days before his FBI interview.

He said Trump had impeded the inquiry by calling it a "witch hunt" and "fake news".

While Papadopoulos's defense lawyer Thomas Breen, according to the Times and other reports, said in court on Friday that "Papadopoulos was loyal to the president", he also appealed for leniency, insisting that "Trump, by repeatedly attacking the investigation as not credible, was damaging it more than his client had". Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Mueller's probe, but it remains unknown whether he has provided investigators with any information supporting allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

Moss said he thought Papadopoulos' remorse was genuine.

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss said Papadopoulos' deception was "not a noble lie" and said he had lied because he wanted a job in the Trump administration and didn't want to jeopardize that possibility by being tied to the Russian Federation investigation. Papadopoulos' lie, Moss said, was "a serious offense" and "a calculated exercise of self interest over the national interest".

Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017.

George Papadopoulos was the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russian Federation investigation.

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.

Partly as a result, they said, agents were unable to "effectively question" Misfud when he visited the United States two weeks later. "But they got him, I guess, on a couple of lies, I guess that's what they're saying".

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She had urged the judges to "emancipate a class of people who have not been given the promises of our Constitution". Respect for each other's rights, and others are supreme humanity.

"Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master", the lawyers wrote.

Prior to a campaign rally ahead of of Papadopoulos' sentencing, the president sought to distance himself from his one time campaign advisor.

Minutes later, Trump seemed to claim vindication.

He did not elaborate on the $28 million price tag he cited, though it appeared to be about the cost of Mueller's investigation. "A great day for America!" he said, unsuprisingly, in a Tweet. "While his offense was grave, Mr. Papadopoulos did not intend to derail the federal investigation".

Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, along with potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president, recommended in August that Papadopoulos be sentenced to six months in prison.

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

J.D. Gordon, former National Security Adviser for the Trump campaign, echoed similar sentiments, while blasting the Mueller probe.

Also on August 21, a jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, found former Trump election campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty on eight of 18 charges of filing false tax returns, failing to disclose his offshore bank accounts and bank fraud.

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