FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Court House past news media in lower Manhattan, New York City, U.S. August 21, 2018.
"It was at best begrudging efforts to cooperate and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard", he said. He was also ordered to pay a fine of US$9,500.
Papadopoulos met with FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the election in late January 2017, almost two months before then-FBI Director James Comey formally acknowledged the existence of the FBI probe. "My entire life has been turned upside down". Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks Papadopoulos made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin.
After the hearing, outside the courthouse, Breen told reporters that he thought the sentence was appropriate.
"I was surrounded by important people", he told the judge.
Breen, too, said he was pleased with the outcome and said that he believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation has treated Papadopoulos fairly. "I think about it still". In a court filing August 31, Papadopoulos's lawyers painted him as a political newcomer "eager to show his value to the campaign", and quickly got in over his head.
"So everybody said if you only listened to your mother none of this would have happened", she said.
The sentence drew a quick response from Trump on Twitter, as he scoffed at the two weeks of prison time by comparing it to an unverified cost figure for the Mueller probe. Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan, who also lied to investigators, was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail.
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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".
Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, told the court Friday that his client's cooperation had earned him probation, saying he was "unsophisticated, he was naive and he was a fool". "Although Mifsud has traveled many times to Russia and has contacts with Russian academics, his closest public ties are to Western governments, politicians, and institutions, including the CIA, FBI and British intelligence services", he wrote.
Papadopoulos told The Times that he believed the Mueller investigation, in which three other former Trump advisers now await sentencing for their crimes, was legitimate and fair-minded.
Papadopoulos has said that it was his loyalty to Trump, his career ambitions and his efforts to distance the campaign from any Russian associations that led him to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Papadopoulos, who was sentenced in federal court in Washington, had pleaded guilty in October to lying to FBI agents about the timing and significance of his contacts, including a professor who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
Papadopoulos said even his family was concerned about his romantic relationship and suspected his wife was a Russian spy.
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos says he doesn't remember telling anyone on the campaign that Russian Federation had damaging emails about Hillary Clinton, but "can't guarantee" that he kept the bombshell from his campaign colleagues.