Ex-Trump advisor jailed in Russian Federation inquiry — George Papadopoulos

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.

Russian Federation has denied USA allegations that it interfered in the campaign and President Trump denies campaign collusion.

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

In the interview - the first since he pleaded guilty a year ago - the former campaign advisor insisted that he never alerted the Trump campaign about Russian dirt.

Also in court, his lawyer, Thomas Breen, criticized Mr. Trump for calling the Russian Federation probe fake news and a witch hunt.

The former Trump aide's legal team has requested leniency, asking that Papadopoulos receive probation but no prison time.

Trump and his allies have repeatedly downplayed Papadopoulos' role on the campaign, with one of them describing him as a mere "coffee boy".

According to a sweeping indictment handed up this summer, Russian intelligence had stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign and other Democratic groups by April 2016, the same month Papadopoulos was told by a professor that Russian officials had told him they had "dirt" on Ms Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

Papadopoulos also made a similar claim about Sessions last week in court.

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"My entire life has been turned upside down, I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself", he said.

While this chapter of the Mueller investigation concludes for Papadopoulos, his testimony and information he provided as part of his plea deal could mean trouble for others in Trump's circle, including Mr. Trump himself.

In court on Friday, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said Papadopoulos's cooperation "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance".

His mother said on Friday that she "still supports" Trump.

His lawyers argued their client volunteered information, such as describing a March 31, 2016, meeting in which then-candidate Trump "nodded with approval" when he suggested a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that then-Sen.

"Caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation, Mr Papadopoulos misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master", the statement said.

His guilty plea came a year ago as a part of a plea deal.

"No offense, but he was unsophisticated, he was naive and he was foolish", Breen said in court.

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