George Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

George Papadopoulos

George Papadopoulos

George Papadopoulos, an ex-Donald Trump campaign aide, has been sentenced to fourteen days in prison for lying to investigators about this contact with people connected to Russia during the 2016 campaign. In addition to jail time, he was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and complete community service. In special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference, this is the first sentence given to a Trump campaign member.

Papadopoulos’s arrest happened more than a year ago and he pleaded guilty. According to CNN, he had discussed with those foreigners the possibility of a foreign trip where Donald Trump could meet Vladimir Putin.

He admitted his guilt in a speech before he was sentenced.
“People point and snicker and I am terribly depressed,” he said. “This investigation has global implications and the truth matters.”
“I am ready to accept my sentence,” he added. Papadopoulos’ defense attorney, Thomas Breen, pointed fingers at President Donald Trump.
“The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did,” Breen said.
Breen told a courtroom that Papadopoulos has already faced his penalty over the past year, and realized he needed to disavow the Trump administration in favor of the truth.
“The message is for all of us to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys,” Breen said. He recalled how he and attorney Robert Stanley and Papadopoulos visited the FBI office in Chicago months ago and noticed the photos of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump hanging on the lobby wall. “We were going in there to cooperate potentially against those two individuals,” he said.
Papadopoulos is one of the first individual within the Russia probe to see his criminal case reach completion. He has made it difficult for Robert Mueller’s team to contact or connect certain people who were involved in the connecting future officials with the Russians. Though his mother and wife have been public with their viewpoints, he also did not include their petitions or statements in his trial.
Near the end of his trial, Papadopoulos’ legal team made sure to make it known that they were taking a stance against the Trump administration. He publicly contradicted congressional testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Sessions’ response to the Putin-Trump meeting proposal.