The judge saying he wanted to send a message to the public about the consequences of impeding an inquiry of national import. The judge had planned a harsher sentence but said he was moved by Papadopolous' words of contrition. Others pleading guilty in the Mueller probe include former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Washington lobbyist Sam Patten. "4 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day", he wrote on Twitter, an apparent, if inflated, estimation of the Russian Federation investigation's cost. "A great day for America!" he said, unsuprisingly, in a Tweet.
He was also the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of the Russian efforts to meddle while it was going on. That probe was later taken over by Mueller.
Prosecutors say Papadopoulos was solicited by a professor with ties to Russian intelligence, Joseph Mifsud, who told the young Trump aide that the Russians possessed incriminating information about Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails" - before it was widely and publicly known that Russia had stolen Democratic emails.
Papadopoulos tried futilely for months to arrange a meeting between top campaign aides and Russian officials.
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His lies about the timing of his encounter with the professor, including the false claim that it came before he'd joined the campaign, prevented investigators from effectively questioning Mifsud when he was in Washington in February 2017, prosecutors said in a court filing.
The memo went on to say that Papadopoulos was "ashamed and remorseful", but he did not always seem that way on social media.
But Papadopoulos, referring to Sessions, said to CNN, "I remember that he was enthusiastic about a potential meeting". They are cooperating with investigators and await sentencing.
Mifsud reportedly surfaced briefly at a conference in Washington, D.C., in February 2017, and at the time told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he never said anything to Papadopoulos about Clinton's emails, that he didn't even know about the emails, and that he wasn't a Russian operative.
"The president of the United States, the commander in chief, had told the world that this was fake news and a witch hunt", Breen said. Trump "hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.
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Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks he made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin.
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.
The professor had reportedly not been in contact with prosecutors in Italy seeking to question him over allegations of financial wrongdoing and his fiancé told Business Insider earlier this year that she could not reach him. Sessions has said the opposite while testifying under oath.
For a time, Papadopoulos also looked to be a key informant.
"We have seen no such thing".
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Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, accused of hacking Democratic Party computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Trump.