Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in Mueller probe

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In delivering his sentence Federal Judge Randolph Moss said he did "get the sense that [Papadopoulos] does feel remorse and not simply for getting caught". He will also have to pay a $9,500 fine according to Kyle Cheney of Politico.

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. "My entire life has been turned upside down".

"As far as I remember, I absolutely did not share this information with anyone on the campaign", Papadopoulos said, adding, "I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so".

He and his wife left the courthouse without speaking to the press. "I'm sure you're wondering what comes next", and that he was impressed by his words to the judge.

Breen, too, said he was pleased with the outcome and said that he believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation has treated Papadopoulos fairly. "And yes, you know, I think they thought that she might have been some sort of Russian spy".

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DNC lawyers wrote in court filings Friday that Joseph Mifsud, who spoke to Papadopoulos during the 2016 presidential election, "is missing and may be deceased", Bloomberg News reported. Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan, who also lied to investigators, was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail. Roughly 60 percent of defendants in such cases receive probation, the judge said, and sentencing guidelines suggested a punishment from probation to six months in prison.

Moss said Papadopoulos will remain free until the federal Bureau of Prisons decides when and where he should surrender.

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. But he acknowledged that Papadopoulos was unsophisticated, naive and even a "fool" for having made contacts with Russian Federation intermediaries during the campaign.

Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

"The message is for all of us to check our loyalty, to tell the truth, to help the good guys", Breen said.

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Memos authored by House Republicans and Democrats, now declassified, also show that information about Papadopoulos' contacts with Russian intermediaries triggered the FBI's counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

In addition, they said Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" and only came clean after he was confronted with his own emails, texts and other evidence.

Papadopoulos, 31, had never before appeared in a public court hearing; he admitted his guilt during a closed session last October.

The FBI cancelled the meeting when it discovered that Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

Papadopoulos was pictured in March 2016 sitting at a table with Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become USA attorney general, and other foreign policy campaign advisers. Last November, Sessions testified to Congress that he had "pushed back" against Papadopoulos' offer. In that testimony, Sessions said he resisted the idea of any Russian Federation meeting proposed by Papadopoulos. 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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"We were going in there to cooperate potentially against those two individuals", he said.

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