A former advisor to US President Donald Trump whose remarks in a London pub set off the investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation has been jailed for lying to the FBI.
In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration.
Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017.
In his time with the Trump campaign, the delicacy of Papadopoulos's mission to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin was not always reflected in his conduct.
Mueller's team had pushed for a six-month prison sentence, while Papadopoulos' defense had requested probation.
Outside court on Friday, Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, said his client was a "fool" and had acted "stupidly" in lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Papdopoulos's lawyer Tom Breen said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did".
"This was not a noble lie", Moss said.
Papadopoulos, 31, was also fined US$9,500 and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service as well as 12 months of supervised release.
He has testified that senior campaign members encouraged him during 2016 to build ties with Russian Federation, including after he told them that Moscow possessed - and could be willing to share - dirt on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton.
Speaking to Jake Tapper for an interview recorded before his guilty plea, but airing on Friday, Papadopoulos refused to rule out the possibility he ever informed the Trump team that he knew Russian Federation held the emails.
"People point and snicker and I am terribly depressed", he said.
As noted by USA Today, authorities thought that Papadopoulos could serve as a key informant, but it quickly became clear that was not the case.
In court Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos's cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance". He admitted to lying about those contacts to Mueller's team, which investigators said led them to miss a chance to interview the professor, Joseph Mifsud.
In December, 2017, two months after his guilty plea, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had plans for a follow-up meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos.
"The message is for all of us to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys", Breen said. More accurately, Papadopoulos hemmed and hawed, and finally settled on, "I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so".
Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump's campaign, has been a central figure in the Russian Federation investigation dating back before Mueller's May 2017 appointment.
Papadopoulos told CNN that he hopes to return to politics in the future. He publicly contradicted, in his court filing, congressional testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about Sessions' response to the Putin-Trump meeting proposal.
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