Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Papadopoulos lawyers released a memo on Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for their client lying to the FBI when interviewed in January 2017

Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy advisor to Mr Trump, relayed to the then Republican presidential candidate that he had been told by a Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud, that he had "dirt" on rival Hilary Clinton.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him in January 2017, Papadopoulos falsely claimed he had met two individuals with Russian ties before he joined the president's team in March 2016.

The judge said he took into consideration Papadopoulos's "genuine remorse" in issuing the light sentence, which included a $9,500 fine, a year on parole and community service. But he acknowledged that Papadopoulos was unsophisticated, naive and even a "fool" for having made contacts with Russian Federation intermediaries during the campaign. That's the only thing I know about him.

Before the sentencing, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court about how Trump had blasted the investigation as "fake news" and a "witch hunt" before Papadopolous met with the FBI and lied. He gave false statements about his contacts to the FBI, which the FBI said impeded their investigation into the extent that Russian meddling may have worked its way into the campaign.

"The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States", they wrote, noting that Mifsud left the USA in February 2017 and hasn't returned.

Papadopoulos' conversations with Mifsud were not related to seeking dirt on Clinton, the lawyers said, but an effort to broker a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. His client was also affected by Trump's cries of "fake news" and his casting of the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" just days before his FBI interview. He recalled how he and attorney Robert Stanley and Papadopoulos visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago months ago and noticed the photos of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump hanging on the lobby wall.

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

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Mueller's probe, which has come to be known as "Russiagate", has been around nearly as long as Trump has been president.

U.S. investigators were only alerted to Papadopoulos's activities in mid-2016 after he told Australia's ambassador to London, Alexander Downer, about his talks with Mifsud during a late-night drinking session in a London pub. It was revealed in December that it was drunken comments by Papadopoulos to an Australian diplomat that triggered the Russian Federation probe in the first place.

"I think that if we're going to meet it's got to be a fair meeting", Trump told reporters on board Air Force One.

Papadopoulos lied to investigators because he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu investigation" and wanted to "save his professional aspirations", his lawyers said.

Jeff Sessions "appeared to also like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.

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