Papadopoulos' Lawyer Is Not A Fan Of Trump's 'Witch Hunt' Tweets

Cheryl Sanders
September 8, 2018

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Papadopoulos lied to agents about his contacts with Russians during the campaign "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the extent of the campaign's knowledge of his contacts", according to the government's sentencing memorandum.

Papadopoulos served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign, and was the first to plead guilty in the Mueller probe.

Before the sentencing, Papadopolous made a statement, describing himself as a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying to investigators.

Memos authored by House Republicans and Democrats, now declassified, also show 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.

He had actually met them after joining Mr Trump's campaign.


In Friday's sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $9,500 (£7,350).

Papadopoulos brought the idea up at a campaign meeting with Trump and future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with Sessions later testifying before Congress that he had "pushed back" against the idea.

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

"I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself".

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. "I don't know him", Trump said.


His lawyers argued their client volunteered information, such as describing a March 31, 2016, meeting in which then-candidate Trump "nodded with approval" when he suggested a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that then-Sen.

Prosecutors said the lies Papadopoulos told slowed the investigation and prevented the FBI from arresting Mifsud before he could leave the United States.

The FBI met with Mifsud while he was visiting the United States in early 2017, but Papadopoulos' lies "undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him".

"Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master", the lawyers wrote.

When Papadopoulos pleaded guilty past year, he pledged to help the special counsel's office with its investigation.


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