Ex-campaign aide of President Trump, George Papadopoulos has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians in an investigation which was highly significant to national security.
Papadopoulos, admitted to have lied and acknowledged the fact that his stance had come in the way of FBI investigation. He was highly embarrassed by his actions.
US District Judge Randolph Moss, issued a light sentence and a fine of $9500 in addition to a year on parole and community service. Moss in his verdict stated that Papadopoulos had committed a placed self-interest over national interest in a calculated manner. Papadopoulos had earlier stated in the court, “In January 2017, I made a terrible mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed”. The remorse of the latter was taken into consideration by the judge when handling over the judgement.
Mueller’s probe into the Russian meddling with US Presidential elections, had unearthed the facts that Papadopoulos was pushed by highly placed members of Trump’s campaign to develop links with Russia after he had disclosed to them that some vital details of Hillary Clinton were lying with Moscow and could be coaxed to share the same. Papadopoulos also lied about the time when he had got the above insights. He had earlier stated that it was before he had joined the campaign but later confirmed that it happened while he was an official member of it.
The sentence, though short, makes it the second in the ongoing investigation.
Russia has always maintained a denial in the meddling probe and President Trump has always denounced the same as a witch-hunt being fuelled by Democrats. Tom Breen, the lawyer of Papadopoulos also stated that President Trump has obstructed the investigation much often than ever did by his client.