US District Judge Randolph Moss said that Papadopoulos" deception was "not a noble lie' and that he had lied because he wanted a job in the Trump administration and did not want to jeopardise that possibility by being tied to the Russian Federation investigation.
Prior to a campaign rally ahead of of Papadopoulos' sentencing, the president sought to distance himself from his one time campaign advisor.
A pre-sentencing statement last week read: "While some in the room rebuffed George's offer, Mr Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr Sessions, who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it".
His lawyers say Papadopoulous acted out of a "misguided sense of loyalty to his master" and to preserve his career options in the new administration.
He portrayed Papadopoulos as a naive young man who was "being worked by a pro", a reference to Professor Mifsud, whom he later said he believes was working for Russian Federation and trying to take advantage of his client. Instead, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein said he made "at best grudging efforts to cooperate, and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard".
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.
During his January 2017 interview with the FBI, Papadopoulos misled investigators about when he was told Russian Federation allegedly had dirt on Ms. Clinton. During the campaign Papadopoulos told the president and now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Russia was interested in setting up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Trump has cited their amenable relationship as evidence that the special counsel can not be impartial during the investigation. Trump's legal team has not seen the questions from the special counsel.
The president told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that "I don't know Papadopoulos".
In requesting that Papadopoulos serve some prison time, government lawyers said he and his wife had participated in media interviews riddled with misstatements. He recalled how he and attorney Robert Stanley and Papadopoulos visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago months ago and noticed the photos of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump hanging on the lobby wall.
He was the first ex-Trump aide arrested in the probe into an alleged Kremlin plot to sway the 2016 USA vote.
Papadopoulos says it has global implications and that "the truth matters".
Papadopoulos told the network he did not remember sharing the information with anyone on the campaign, before adding: 'I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so.
Papadopoulos was pictured in March 2016 sitting at a table with Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become US attorney general, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.
"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.