Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ex-Trump advisor jailed in Russian Federation inquiry — George Papadopoulos

Ex-Trump advisor jailed in Russian Federation inquiry — George Papadopoulos

A former advisor to US President Donald Trump whose contacts with Russians set off the investigation into possible collusion with Moscow was jailed Friday for lying to the FBI.

US District Judge Randolph Moss said that Papadopoulos' deception was "not a noble lie" and that he had lied because he wanted a job in the Trump administration and didn't want to jeopardise that possibility by being tied to the Russian Federation investigation.

The 31-year-old, who was also ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and perform community service, is the first person to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation election interference.

Among those contacts were London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Papadopoulos also made a similar claim about Sessions last week in court.

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

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"No offense, but he was unsophisticated, he was naive and he was foolish", Breen said in court.

Out of the 35 people and entities so far charged, Papadopoulos is one of five who have pleaded guilty and the second to be sentenced.

Papadopoulos, a young oil and gas consultant, was the first Trump official to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election. "I don't know him", Trump said.

Prosecutors say Papadopoulos' lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation and he did not provide substantial assistance.

The Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russian Federation investigation will find out Friday whether he will be going to prison for lying to the FBI. With his constant cries of "fake news", Trump has "hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.

Sessions has previously testified to Congress that he pushed back against the proposal, but the memo filed by Papadopoulos's lawyers contradicts Sessions' account, saying that both Trump and Sessions appeared receptive to the idea. His attorneys, Mr Breen and Robert Stanley, said their client lied to save his career and to "preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master" - a reference that is not fully explained in court papers.

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