Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos with his wife Simona Mangiante arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos with his wife Simona Mangiante arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington U.S

Then speaking directly to Papadopoulos, Moss said: "I know the sentence is painful to you".

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopolous appeared before a federal judge to be sentenced for lying to the FBI on Friday.

Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, right, was sentenced to 14 days in prison Friday.

The sentencing, coming almost one year after he pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents, ends an important yet mysterious story line in the examination of whether anyone from Trump's team conspired with Moscow to influence the presidential election. Papadopoulos also had contact with senior-level advisors and members of the Trump campaign on numerous occasions and was told by a Russian-connected London professor, Joseph Mifsud, that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

The lawyers portrayed Papadopoulos as "out of his depth" as a foreign policy adviser for a candidate for whom he had "unbridled loyalty".

Papadopoulos' attorneys said in court papers their client is "ashamed and remorseful", but they insisted his lies did not harm the Russian Federation investigation. He hasn't returned since.

"In January 2017, I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed", Papadopoulos had told the court in Washington.

He said his "entire life has been turned upside down" and he hoped "for a second chance to redeem myself".

Papadopoulos's attorney, Thomas M. Breen, went further, saying "the President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", by calling the investigation fake news and a witch hunt.

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According to the New York Times, George Papadopoulos played a key role in sparking the FBI's probe of Donald Trump's contacts with Russian Federation after he told a diplomat that Russian Federation had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

At another point, Breen talked about going to the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Chicago in February 2017 and seeing a picture of Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the wall.

He had actually met them after joining Mr Trump's campaign. A spokeswoman for Sessions declined to comment after Papadopoulos's filing last week.

He also received a year of supervision, 200 hours of community service, and a $9,500 fine.

Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to the crime last October. It was revealed in December that it was drunken comments by Papadopoulos to an Australian diplomat that triggered the Russian Federation probe in the first place.

Papadopoulos lied to investigators because he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu investigation" and wanted to "save his professional aspirations", his lawyers said.

Papadopoulos, a young oil and gas consultant, was the first Trump official to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Prosecutors say Mifsud arranged a meeting in London cafe between Papadopoulos and a young woman he falsely described as Russian President Vladimir Putin's niece.

In addition, they said Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" and only came clean after he was confronted with his own emails, texts and other evidence. In court papers filed ahead of the sentencing, prosecutors say those lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation during its early months. The lies did not impede the investigation, he argued.

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