Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in Mueller probe

Donald Trump right stands next to Sen. Jeff Sessions as Sessions speaks during a rally on Feb. 28 2016 in Madison Ala

He said Papadopoulos' deception required investigators to scour more than 100,000 emails and gigabytes of data to reconstruct the timeline of his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries.

The FBI began investigating Russian's election interference after a tip that Papadopoulos had dished about his Russian connections to an Australian diplomat during a night of heavy drinking.

Papadopoulos is a pivotal figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as the first Trump campaign aide to plead guilty and co-operate with prosecutors (file photo).

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.

PAPADOPOULOS' attorney said Trump's efforts dwarfed his client's actions. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday afternoon, Trump distanced himself from Papadopoulos. "I still have significant questions about how high that information went, and I know the Senate Intelligence Committee would like to hear directly from Mr. Papadopoulos". Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who ran the Trump campaign foreign policy operation, has said he quickly rejected that idea when Papadopoulos raised it at a meeting in March 2016.

Before he was sentenced, Papadopoulos spoke to Judge Randy Moss for about three minutes, reading a speech in which he admitted he was wrong, ashamed and regretful. The judge saying he wanted to send a message to the public about the consequences of impeding an inquiry of national import.

Not only that, Papadopoulos withheld a cellphone that he used during the campaign, prosecutors said, and provided it only when asked about the phone.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed him in January 2017, Papadopoulos falsely claimed he had met two individuals with Russian ties before he joined the president's team in March 2016.

His mother said on Friday that she "still supports" Trump. "I think he learned his lesson".

"It's possible, yes", Mangiante Papadopoulos said.

Paul Manafort, another one of Trump's former staff, was convicted last month.

But even without his active help, the court record suggests that Mueller's team learned a lot from his emails and texts, as well as from seizing his phone.

Lawyers for Mr. Papadopoulos dispute some of the government's characterizations, and they asked the judge to sentence him to probation.

The defense portrayed Papadopoulos as an eager campaign aide who was in over his head, and pushed back on claims by the prosecution that he had harmed the investigation.

The charges centered on an interview in January 2017 in which Federal Bureau of Investigation agents asked Papadopoulos about his conversations with Joseph Misfud, a professor he believed had connections to Moscow.

Papadopoulos, one of the key players in the Russian Federation probe - or, as Trump described his role, a "coffee boy" - pled guilty late a year ago to lying to investigators.

In court Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos' cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance".

At that meeting, Papadopoulos proposed brokering a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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