Drinks with Downer set Papadopoulos towards jail

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids Mich. Nov. 8 2016

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids Mich. Nov. 8 2016

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating widespread claims that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to get an edge over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, has previously offered to allow Trump to answer his questions in writing. He hopes to be excused from probation immediately after the sentencing because of the last 13 months he's spent since his arrest, his memo said.

He also received a year of supervision, 200 hours of community service, and a $9,500 fine.

Papadopoulos apparently raised the possibility of setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin during a national security meeting in March 2016. I think the judge took everything into consideration.

Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese academic, identified as Joseph Mifsud. "I would have preferred less time in jail, but that's OK".

President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly downplayed Papadopoulos' role on the campaign.

"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said.

By lying to investigators, Papadopoulos had made "a calculated exercise of self-interest over the national interest", said Moss.

On Aug. 21, Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in NY to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of a candidate for federal office. He's the second defendant to be sentenced, after lawyer Alex van der Zwaan got 30 days behind bars. The judge had planned a harsher sentence but said he was moved by Papadopolous' words of contrition.




In a DC federal courtroom, Papadopoulos was handed 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release by U.S. Judge Randolph Moss.

His lawyer Tom Breen said that at the time, Papadopoulos was naive and acted on what he told the court was a "misguided loyalty" to Trump, who had been inaugurated as president just one week before.

Breen told a rapt 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.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying about his communication with Kremlin-connected individuals regarding "dirt" on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Russian outreach to Papadopoulos was part of a sweeping active measures campaign aimed at the United States that also included overtures toward other political operatives, cyberattacks, agitation on social media and more. "I don't know Papadopoulos".

Papadopoulos had told investigators that the conversation happened before he became a Trump campaign adviser, when in fact he had worked for the campaign for more than a month at the time.

The court filing also suggested that both Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions approved of his outreach to Moscow, contradicting Sessions' sworn testimony.

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