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Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison

Trump aide Papadopoulos gets 14 days in prison”

In court papers filed ahead of the sentencing, prosecutors say those lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months.

The 31-year-old, who was also ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and perform community service, is the first person to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation election interference.

"I made a awful mistake", Papadopoulos said a courtroom statement.

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S Mueller III had asked the judge to sentence Papadopoulos to six months in prison, saying his false statements "were meant to harm the investigation, and did so".

He has cooperated for more than a year with the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Papadopoulos, 31, had never before appeared in a public court hearing; he admitted his guilt during a closed session last October. "But I did not recall this event, which occurred 18 months before my testimony of a few weeks ago, and would gladly have reported it", Sessions said in November.

Outside court on Friday, Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, said his client was a "fool" and had acted "stupidly" in lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Outside the courthouse Friday, Breen said Papadopoulos didn't recall ever telling anyone in the campaign about the fact that Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails.

The lawyers argued Papadopoulos lied as he was influenced by the President's aggressive sentiments on the probe.

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

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Papadopoulos told CNN in an interview aired on Friday that Mr Trump "gave me a sort of a nod" and "wasn't committed either way" about the idea of a meeting with the Russian leader.

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Papadopoulos lawyer Thomas Breen said in court Friday.

Trump has since tried to dismiss him as a "coffee boy" who was barely involved in the campaign, but in fact he was a key part of the foreign policy team, and communicated extensively with major Trump allies like Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn.

"His arrest and prosecution served as notice to all involved that this was a serious investigation", the attorneys wrote. Instead, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said he made "at best grudging efforts to cooperate, and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard".

Asked if Papadopoulos still remained loyal to Trump, Breen smiled wryly and paused for a beat.

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