Ex-Trump Campaign Advisor George Papadopoulos Says He Made 'Dreadful Mistake'

Ex-Trump Campaign Advisor George Papadopoulos Says He Made 'Dreadful Mistake'

Ex-Trump Campaign Advisor George Papadopoulos Says He Made 'Dreadful Mistake'

Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos has just been sentenced by a federal judge after pleading guilty a year ago to lying to the FBI.

U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss, who announced the sentence, said he would have ordered that Papadopoulos serve 30 days in prison had he not expressed genuine "remorse" for his actions.

Yet, it is unclear exactly where he got the $28 million figure, although Trump has thrown about similar figures about the cost of the Mueller probe, saying back in May the Mueller investigation will soon cost $20 million.

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 Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton.

George Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty previous year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the presidential campaign.


"While some in the room rebuffed George's offer, Mr Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr Sessions, who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it", Papadopoulos claimed in a pre-sentencing statement last week.

George Papadopoulos, 31, told the court in Washington DC he was a "patriotic American" who made a mistake by lying.

The Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russian Federation investigation will find out Friday whether he will be going to prison for lying to the FBI. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said previous year that Papadopoulos, 31, had "a minimal role, if one at all" in the campaign.

Papadopoulos apparently raised the possibility of setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin during a national security meeting in March 2016. In late April, he told them that Mifsud said the Russians had information that could harm Clinton, in the form of thousands of emails.

American authorities were alerted in mid-2016 after Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat during a drinking session in a London pub about his meetings with Professor Mifsud. "I don't know him", Trump said. The lies did not impede the investigation, he argued.

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