George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who sought to broker a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin during the 2016 presidential campaign, was sentenced to 14 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release on Friday for lying to the FBI about his contacts with foreign nationals during the campaign. He will also have to complete 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of $9,500, as CBS News reports.
Papadopoulos is the first person who faced criminal charges related to interactions between Trump campaign associates and Russian interests during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Mr. Trump appeared to respond to the news of his former aide’s sentencing Friday, tweeting, “14 days for $28 MILLION – $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion. A great day for America!”
Ahead of the sentencing, Papadopoulos’ attorney Thomas Breen then spoke on his client’s behalf, saying, “The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos could have.”
Papadopoulos also spoke and expressed his deep regret. He said he “hopes to have a second chance” and cautioned that this investigation as “global implications.”
In an interview with the New York Times published immediately after his sentencing, Papadopoulos said he lied, “Because as far as I can remember, at the time — it’s hard to pin exactly what was going through my mind over an F.B.I. interview. I wanted to distance myself as much as possible and Trump himself, and the campaign from what was probably an illegal action or dangerous information.”