Ex-Trump campaign adviser sentenced to 14 days in prison

Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in plea deal with Mueller probe

The former aide was the first person to be arrested as part of the special counsel's investigation.

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.

Before the sentencing, Papadopolous made a statement, describing himself as a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying to investigators. Papadopoulos also had contact with senior-level advisors and members of the Trump campaign on numerous occasions and was told by a Russian-connected London professor, Joseph Mifsud, that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Papadopoulos learned his fate Friday in federal court in Washington.

Alex Van der Zwaan, a lawyer who once worked closely with Manafort and Gates, pleaded guilty in February to lying to Mueller's investigators about contacts with an official in the Trump election campaign.

US District Judge Randolph Moss said he "lied in an investigation that was important to national security". "An investigator involved in our efforts to serve him was told Mifsud might be deceased", DNC spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said.

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He has testified that senior members of the Trump campaign 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 Hillary Clinton, Trump's election rival.

"The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", Mr Breen said.

The punishment was far less than the maximum six-month sentence sought by the government but more than the probation that Papadopoulos and his lawyers had asked for. 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.

He later attempted to use his links to the professor and Russian nationals to attempt to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He pleaded guilty last October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Moscow.

"People point and snicker and I am terribly depressed", he said.

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The conversations actually occurred after he was brought on as a foreign policy adviser.

That clashes with what Sessions, a key campaign aide and now Trump's attorney general, told the House Judiciary Committee last November.

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

"It was at best begrudging efforts to cooperate and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard", he said.

Mr. Sessions has previously testified to Congress that he pushed back against the proposal, but the memo filed by Mr. Papadopoulos's lawyers contradicts Mr. Sessions' account, saying that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions appeared receptive to the idea.

Papadopoulos' attorney asked for probation. He received a sentence of 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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