“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.