Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos has just been sentenced by a federal judge after pleading guilty last year to lying to the FBI. He has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, plus a year of supervision and 200 additional hours of community service. He will also have to pay a $9,500 fine according to Kyle Cheney of Politico.
During the hearing, Papadopoulos’ attorney Thomas Breen argued that “The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did,” and that Papadopoulos “was unsophisticated, he was naive, and he was a fool.
Papadopoulos told the judge that his entire life has been turned upside down due to this case, and that it has caused him to become “terribly depressed”.
Papadopoulos, who was initially interrogated on January 27, 2017 by FBI agents regarding his work for the Trump campaign, was arrested at Washington-Dulles International Airport on July 27, 2017 and arraigned the following day. Since that time, the former campaign aide has been cooperating with investigators working with Robert Mueller on the Russian election interference probe.
His guilty plea came last year as a part of a plea deal. The charges he pleaded guilty to carry a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison, but prosecutors had recommended just 6 months, citing his extensive cooperation.
While the President had belittled Papadopoulos following his guilty plea last yea, calling him a “low level volunteer,” he was actually one of just five foreign policy advisers for Mr. Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. Papadopoulos also had contact with senior-level advisors and members of the Trump campaign on numerous occasions and was told by a Russian-connected London professor, Joseph Mifsud, that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
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.