Hours after George Papadopoulos (an ex policy advisor to Trump) was sentenced to two weeks in jail for lying to FBI investigators, a court heard that the Maltese professor he met with to connect him with Russian officials may be dead.
In addition to the 14 days, Moss sentenced Papadopoulos to: 12 months of supervised release; 200 hours of community service; a $9,500 fine; and a $100 court assessment.
Papadopoulos apologized for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption.
"I am very happy with the judge".
After Papadopoulos and his legal team left the courthouse in a black Chevy Suburban, his family members hung behind outside the courthouse. "I would have preferred less time in jail, but that's OK".
They met through Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious Maltese professor who is believed to be an operative for the Russian government and who attempted during the campaign to introduce George Papadopoulos to people purportedly connected to Russia.
The sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss, agreed to allow Papadopoulos to surrender at a future date and to travel between now and then to NY and California, where his lawyer said he is considering relocating.
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Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and came just over two weeks after two former top aides to Trump were convicted of felony crimes in cases that grew out of the probe. Van der Zwaan, who served a 30-day prison sentence, expressed little remorse during his sentencing. "And yes, you know, I think they thought that she might have been some sort of Russian spy".
Papadopoulos' Chicago-based attorney, Thomas Breen, told Moss his client had made a "stupid mistake", but "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos did".
Breen, too, said he was pleased with the outcome and said that he believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation has treated Papadopoulos fairly.
A hearing in that lawsuit is scheduled for next week in federal court in NY. But he acknowledged that Papadopoulos was unsophisticated, naive and even a "fool" for having made contacts with Russian Federation intermediaries during the campaign. He also said that Mifsud told him in April that the Russians had "thousands of emails" about Clinton - which Papadopoulos described as a "momentous statement" but not a direct offer of assistance.
CNN's Tapper noted that Session's attorneys said that Sessions stands by his testimony, and denied encouraging a meeting with Russians. Papadopoulos lied to the FBI, Breen said, because he wanted to "keep his name in the hopper" for a position in the Trump administration.
Trump named Papadopoulos as one of his campaign's foreign policy advisers on March 21, 2016, boasting to reporters: "He's an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy", a filing said.
Even after his arrest and plea agreement previous year, Goldstein said, Papadopoulos continued to be hard, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.
"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.