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George Papadopoulos Gets 14-Day Sentence over Lies to FBI About Russian Contacts During Trump's Campaign

The former adviser pleaded guilty last year.

George Papadopoulos, the former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, was sentenced this afternoon for 14 days in jail for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian interests during the campaign.

Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to the crime last October. Papdopoulos had allegedly been communicating with a professor and with ties to the Russian government who told him that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, including those stolen emails. He gave false statements about his contacts to the FBI, which the FBI said impeded their investigation into the extent that Russian meddling may have worked its way into the campaign.

Papadopoulos is now opening up to the press and in an interview with The New York Times he explains:

"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," he said. At the time of the F.B.I. interview, he said, he was being considered for a job in the Trump administration and was concerned about where the escalating investigation might lead. He made no suggestion that anyone else on the Trump campaign or in the administration had directed him to lie.

Prosecutors had asked for six months. Papadopoulos' attorney asked for probation. In addition to the 14-day sentence, he's been fined $9,500, and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and one year of probation.

Ken "Popehat" White, himself a former federal prosecutor (and occasional Reason contributor), doesn't see anything particularly special about the sentence:

Yeah, good luck with that. Here's Trump's response (presumably about the cost of the investigation thus far):

Probably the lesson to be learned here comes not from Trump or anybody at the FBI but from Papadopoulos' own mother, courtesy of Washington Post reporter Rosalind Helderman:

Mother knows best.

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  • SIV||

    Papdopoulos had allegedly been communicating with a professor and with ties to the Russian government who told him that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, including those stolen emails.

    Whatever the CIA is paying Shackleford, it is too much.

  • Just Say'n||

    I don't get it. If the fever dreams that your publication accepted as true were not just CIA talking points, but instead totally legitimate then why is this guy getting put away for lying to the FBI instead of some nefarious plot?

  • JesseAz||

    If only he had destroyed evidence after lying to the FBI like the Platte River Employee. Or Huma. Or Cheryl Mills. Stupid Papadopolous. He could have gotten immunity if he had just gone a little farther in thwarting the FBI.

  • Brett Bellmore||

    That only gets you immunity if the FBI wants to be thwarted.

  • JoeBlow123||

    Funny comparison ehh?

  • Horny Lizard||

    Papadopoulos says he told Trump and Sessions about the Russian outreach and both men approved of it. Sessions claims he never talked to the Russians about the campaign nor was he aware of any other campaign officials contacting Putin's govt.

  • Just Say'n||

    So, he's cooperating then or are you just doing an Alex Jones skit?

    I. WANT. TO. BELIEVE.

  • Just Say'n||

    This is all just 32 dimensional chess that is being played here by the FBI, clearly.

    It's really hard to determine who is more annoyingly gullible, the #resisters or Trump supporters

  • Tony||

    Some of us are just waiting for the facts to be uncovered.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    You dont have to wait any longer for facts.
    Trump will be re-elected in 2020.

  • Tony||

    You know that because you work for Russia and they are fixing the election again?

  • Sidd Finch v2.01||

    Congrats on being reasonable for four whole minutes.

  • JesseAz||

    Tony is going down the rabbit hole of stupidity. Even Brennan admits there was no evidence of a single vote changing due to Russians dumbfuck.

  • Sevo||

    "Even Brennan admits there was no evidence of a single vote changing due to Russians dumbfuck."

    Include Hihn in the "dumbfucks"; 'it's only 17 votes in 3,000 counties; how can you not see that...?'

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I don't know if Hihn counts as a dumb fuck so much as he's a Perl script.

  • Tony||

    I'm just saying, LC's certainty is a little bit concerning.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Im just saying youre certifiable, Tony.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    The fact is that Trump is the good guy and democrats are treasonous scum.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    +1

  • Sevo||

    Tony|9.7.18 @ 7:36PM|#
    "Some of us are just waiting for the facts to be uncovered."

    That group is stupid enough to think a couple of parking tickets near the Russian embassy is a matter of concern.
    You lost, loser. Grow up

  • DesigNate||

    If that were true you wouldn't be posting shit like "fixing the election".

    Of course facts don't matter to you, because none of the "deep state" people that have anonymously talked with the press think that the election was fixed.

    Face it Tony. Hillary lost because of her own hubris and immense unlikeability.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Face it Tony. Hillary lost because of her own hubris and immense unlikeability.

    That was part of it

    Another part: Vestigial bigotry and backwardness in volumes that surprised modern, successful, educated, reasoning, skilled America.

  • JesseAz||

    And Hillary admits to funneling campaign money to her lawyers to hide payments to Steele who funded russian opposition research while Hillary committed campaign violations for not reporting the end receivers of the money.

  • DiegoF||

    "What you talkin' bout, Mr. Papadopoulos?"

    --Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Cox, brooking no evasive answers in a grueling Federal deposition.

  • Eddy||

    "Two days in prison, plus an additional day for every letter in your name."

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    That's racist against Greeks and polocks.

  • Just Say'n||

    Yeah, Trump is wrong for thinking this is a farce that a guy got busted for lying to the FBI about something that isn't even a crime.

    Hey, tell us more about criminal justice reform lolibertarians

  • sarcasmic||

    And Liberals are wrong for thinking it's a farce that Slick Willie got busted for lying about a blowjob...?

  • DenverJ||

    Lying under oath while being sued for sexual misconduct while the plaintiff was trying to establish a pattern of predatory behavior, which the seduction of a much younger woman by the most powerful man in the world certainly qualified as. But yeah, he got impeached for lying about a blowjob.

  • Sevo||

    "But yeah, he got impeached for lying about a blowjob."

    And Hilary lost because of some emails or something. And Colon Powell did it too!!!

  • Just Say'n||

    Impeachment is a political question either way, but yeah that was rather farcical.

    I'm just talking about the conspiracy theory here that has never born out. A conspiracy theory so divorced from reality that only true believers still cling to it

  • DenverJ||

    Sure. Congress can impeach if they don't like the color of the President's tie, if they want.
    I'm saying there was more evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors for Bubba than there is for Trump. I think we agree.

  • TLBD||

    They can and they can't.

    If they impeach him for something that isn't in the constitution, the President can (rightfully, as his oath is to uphold the constitution) tell them to screw off and then we have a legitimate constitutional crisis.

  • damikesc||

    And Liberals are wrong for thinking it's a farce that Slick Willie got busted for lying about a blowjob...?

    The whole "under oath" thing is kinda big. Even Libertarians oppose perjury as a rule.

  • Sevo||

    SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sevo||

    Oh, and I heard they got him on an un-paid parking ticket, TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tony||

    That's about the level of punishment he's receiving, which means he must have something to spill.

  • Just Say'n||

    If he's already been prosecuted then no he doesn't have anything more to spill, Mr. Law and Order

  • Sevo||

    Shitbag left the tin-foil hat upstairs.

  • damikesc||

    I dunno. The guy who asked Reddit how to remove his boss (Hillary) name off of emails and then used Bleachbit to wipe out emails got even less of a punishment and didn't spill anything.

    Weird, huh?

  • sarcasmic||

    Who is this guy and why should I give a shit?

  • DenverJ||

    Papadopoulos is Big Bird's imaginary best friend.

  • sarcasmic||

    Well in that case lynch the motherfucker.

  • DenverJ||

    How the hell do you lynch an imaginary wooly mammoth?

  • WoodChipperBob||

    He's Webster's adoptive father. I'm not sure why you should care.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Dont ever talk to the police or FBI. Whether you are arrested or not.

    You dont even need an attorney until you are arrested. Just tell the police/FBI that you have nothing to say to them.

  • Brett Bellmore||

    That could be dangerous: If they think you do have something to say to them, you just "lied".

    Just get one of those "talk to my lawyer" cards, and keep your mouth shut.

    Especially if your Mom just told you to, that seals it.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The lawyer card is the easy way out.

    I have nothing to say to them because I choose not to say anything to them.

    I have had cops super mad at me for standing up for my rights a d I know what I am talking about. It doesnt hurt that I whip out a pocket constitution from Cato. Unless a cop knows for sure they are right or they are prepared to full on corrupt, its not worth it for them.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Drumpf's Presidency is completely falling apart. At this rate I guarantee he will be removed from office by this time next year.

    #Impeach
    #Resist
    #TrumpRussia
    #StillWithHer

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Yep. By spring they might even have Pence on a jaywalking charge. If the feds play their cards right, they ought be able to stack spitting on the sidewalk.

  • Sevo||

    And LITERING!!!!

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Littering and?

  • Sevo||

    Well, you can get anything you want:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice's_
    Restaurant_Massacree

  • Red Tony||

    Except for Alice.

  • Shirley Knott||

    The metric system has failed in the US.
    Liters will always be second-class measurements. But they're hardly criminal, as long as the legislatively specified real measure is included.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Keep thinking that if you want. I refuse to believe Robert Mueller, with his impeccable record of service to this country, would investigate this thoroughly and fail to turn up something big enough to end Orange Hitler's presidency.

    #ItsMuellerTime

  • Walk_on_Walter||

    Or, to be more concise, what you really mean is that you're stupid as fuck.

  • DenverJ||

    Hillary in 2032!

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

  • Sevo||

    And she could if the purple-and-gold unicorns carry her to the WH, too!

  • Walk_on_Walter||

    BWAHAHAHA! We're entering the third year of you shit bags saying that. I'm looking forward to really, really laughing hard at the sixth year of you saying that.

  • Sevo||

    OT:
    Likely no one here begrudges Musk a pull on a joint or a shot of whiskey, and those in other businesses could do so on camera without harm (Hitchens, Ron White, etc).
    But Musk is CEO of Tesla and possibly Space X (not sure about the latter), and in that position he has fiduciary duty to investors, and I guarantee there are corporate-governance liability attorneys working the phones as we speak; he has impugned the rep of the CEO of that (those) company (ies), and therefore, the value of the investments by an illegal act.
    But honored wife just brought up something missed by me and every news outlet I've seen; he has (had?) a security clearance.
    Pretty sure NASA's questionnaire for the clearance included some questions regarding drug use, and I'm also certain he just made sure that clearance is on the Shepard's hook right NOW!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He is still CEO of SpaceX according to Wikipedia.

  • Sevo||

    I stand by my comment.

  • cgr2727||

    George Papadopoulos...wasn't that Webster's dad, played by Alex Karras?

  • MotörSteve||

    Personally, I think George Papadopoulos and George Stephanopoulos should get married and hyphenate their names. Then we'd have George Papadopoulos-Stephanopoulos and George Stephanopoulos-Papadopoulos.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Dear Sir:

    Someone isn't take this seriously. Well done.

    Sincerely:
    Aloysius Snuffleupagus

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

  • Griffin3||

    And nothing else happened.

  • Cy||

    The right to remain silent...

  • Michael Cook||

    Georgie was only 24 at the time when the Deep State set him up, pulled his pants down, and bent him over. Wisdom comes with maturity.

  • Beverest||

    xd

  • JRuss||

    Birds of a feather, it takes a pathological proven serial liar like Trump to appreciate and approve of a light sentence for a convicted lying felon. To maintain proportionality with Trumps over 4,500 lies Trump would only get a 14 year light sentence..

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Then-candidate Trump personally introduced Mr. Papadopoulos to the nation as a 'great' member of the Trump foreign affairs advisory council.

  • Michael Cook||

    That "professor" who supplied Papadopoulos with the manufactured dirt about the Hillary campaign WAS a sympathizer of the Hillary campaign. The dirt was a dirty trick to be made to appear as if it came from the Trump campaign. George's drunken boasting to the Australian to make himself look like a big shot in the Trump campaign (he was only 24 and had barely been hired) then snowballed on him and turned into "lies" to the FBI.

    The whole thing was a set-up all day long. The moral of the story is this: the FBI can lie to you about absolutely anything. They can avow that they are going to convict your mother, all your childhood friends, and everyone in your high school yearbook who has an "o" in their name unless you confess and sign the documents they put in front of you.

    They can lie about and misrepresent everything, absolutely everything, in a complex situation. You lie to them just once, even over a small detail you misremember, and you are a felon. Welcome to America in the Age of the Obamafied Deep State supported by the TDS Cheer Leaders for Sedition in the Mainstream Media.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    That dopey 24-year-old had been personally introduced to the nation by Donald J. Trump as a "great" member of his foreign affairs advisory council in an effort to impress Trump supporters, who tend to be gullible, half-educated losers.

  • jdgalt1||

    Popehat doesn't get it. The sentence is predictable from the charge of lying to the FBI, but that doesn't mean it wasn't lenient. The leniency lies in the fact that the prosecutor had discretion to charge Papadopoulos with any of a wide range of crimes, from nothing up to and including treason, and in my opinion he would likely have gotten a conviction of treason if he'd tried for one. So in effect, the prosecutor chose the sentence, and he chose leniently.

    The fact that prosecutors have this power means that the Bill of Rights is a joke. It needs to be the judge, or better yet the jury, that have this power of choice. Not the prosecutor.

  • Ecoli||

    Treason? Really? For lying about something that is not a crime?

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Trump's continued 'no collusion' bleating reminds me of an aircraft pilot who, alerted by flight attendants to hundreds of excited passengers screaming and pleading for help, walks the entire length of the passenger compartment, checking the aircraft, then grabs the microphone to tell his passengers that "As you have seen, I have inspected this entire aircraft, I can therefore confirm that that the entire aircraft is in sound and even excellent condition, and I assure you that there is no reason for alarm.' The pilot then smirks and opens the cockpit door -- two seconds before the airplane crashes into the ground.

  • Red Tony||

    ...somebody let you be a pilot?

  • Walk_on_Walter||

    Toy airplanes made of plastic.

  • Walk_on_Walter||

    Don't you have a bullet to be eating? Pretty please.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Aren't there some black votes you should be suppressing, or some old-timey gay-bashing you should be doing, or maybe some rattlesnakes that need juggling at your revival meeting?

    How do you have time to snipe at me when there is all of this damned progress, tolerance, science, and reason in America over the past 60 years for you to seethe against?

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Aren't there some black votes you should be suppressing, or some old-timey gay-bashing you should be doing, or maybe some rattlesnakes that need juggling at your revival meeting?

    How do you have time to snipe at me when there is all of this damned progress, tolerance, science, and reason in America over the past 60 years for you to seethe against?

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