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Trump Campaign Adviser Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail

Trump Campaign Adviser Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail

No doubt, the Trump/Russia collusion delusion brigade will insist it’s a harbinger of Trump’s imminent doom. Again. For the fifty billionth time.

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/928967603695038464

Friday, former Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in jail. The sentence is out of the norm for such offenses, but the judge wanted to make an example of Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos was sentenced to two weeks behind bars for, “for lying to the F.B.I. about his contacts with Russian intermediaries before the 2016 election, with the judge saying he wanted to send a message to the public about the consequences of impeding an inquiry of national import,” reports The New York Times.

Mr. Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year, is the first Trump campaign adviser to be sentenced as part of the continuing investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Three others pleaded guilty or were convicted of felonies and await sentencing.

Though lying to federal investigators is not typically punished by incarceration, United States District Judge Randolph D. Moss said that Mr. Papadopoulos deserved prison time because he had deceived investigators probing “a matter of grave national importance.” He also fined him $9,500 and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service and one year of probation after his release.

Prosecutors argued that Mr. Papadopoulos’s repeated lies during a January 2017 interview with federal investigators stymied the inquiry at a critical moment. In part because Mr. Papadopoulos misled authorities, they said in court papers, they failed to arrest a London-based professor — suspected of being a Russian operative — before he left the United States in February 2017, never to return.

…“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.

“You know,” he added, “I never felt that I did anything against my country’s interests.”

The NYT questioned Trump about the incident Friday, to which he responded, “I see Papadopoulos today; I don’t know Papadopoulos, I don’t know,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “They got him, on I guess, on a couple of lies.”

Though later, Trump tweeted:

Which is just hilarious.

No doubt, the Trump/Russia collusion delusion brigade will insist it’s a harbinger of Trump’s imminent doom. Again. For the fifty billionth time.

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Seriously? 14 days? How much money has been spent for 2 weeks?

This Pop fellow is scheduled for a hour interview with Jake Tapper? Does that seem like a smart thing to do?

Will he get time off for good behavior? He might get out in 12 days. Holy Mackeroly.

And Hillary Clinton runs free.

Sessions is a POS.

Wow, 14 days seems a little light for treason.
Wait…what’s that you say? No evidence or even charges of Russian collusion?!

Huh.

I’m not impressed with the judge who decided to “send a message” about interfering with a phony investigation.

Process infraction. The hunt for a viable baby persists, but does not progress… unless you consider their setbacks over these many trimesters.

14 days? In Chicago peole get more then that for unpaid parking tickets.

Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan Battle in the Mutara Nebula:Kirk Taunts Khan

The #DeepState, #Resistance, NYT et al assume the role of Khan in the remake.

To be completely fair, if you calculate it on total hours of punishment (336 hours of incarceration, 200 hours of community service, and 8,760 hours of Probation), at $28 Million, it’s only a cost of $3,012.05 per HOUR of total punishment received.

And remember: SOME of that will be off-set by his payment of the $9500 fine.

[End Sarcasm]

That’s 14 days more than Bike Lock Fascist got for 4 felony assault counts.

Yes, I’m not letting that go.

“Why are you talking to yourself?’

Because I’m pretty.

    We all know you’re pretty, Fen….

    Also, to be fair, Eric Clanton took a 3 year probation deal. That means he’s under the thumb of a Probation Officer for 3x the time that Papadopoulous is (and gives Clanton 3x longer to screw up and end up sentenced to jail).

And Misfud is missing, presumed Arkancided.

regulus arcturus | September 7, 2018 at 11:11 pm

I still think Papadopolousnessitude should give Muller the finger, and refuse to show up.

Muller is clearly overstepping everywhere, and he a confrontation demonstrating he has no power must be provoked.

For a moment I thought I was reading The Onion.

He expressed an opinion which turned out to be absolutely true.

The FBI disagreed with that opinion.

That is what now constitutes a “LIE” and results in a felony conviction with jail time.

He’s a political prisoner now.

    regulus arcturus in reply to Aarradin. | September 8, 2018 at 1:52 am

    It is a crime to lie to FBI (1001 violation).

    It is NOT a crime for FBI to lie to you, or any suspect, which should be fraud in the inducement.

    Asymmetric legal system, part 1.

      That is why you should NEVER, EVER talk to them AT ALL. EVER. UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

      You are NOT required to make ANY statement to them.

      If you are being questioned by the authorities, tell them to go to Hell and they can talk to your lawyer.

Where is the federal ‘jail’?

Scooter Libby.

The government is a corrupt criminal organization.

    regulus arcturus in reply to Barry. | September 8, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Most of it, correct.

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

It’s hard to fight the Federal government, even when you are in the right, if you don’t have very deep pockets. A plea deal is the easy way out to limit the damage. Papadopoulos got off easier than expected due the lack of seriousness of his offenses. Will be definitely interesting to see what happens with Flynn (who was all but bankrupted trying to defend himself) and whose offenses are thought to be less serious than Papadopoulos, and who some rank and file in the FBI think told no material lies.

    I’m waiting to see what comes out of McCabe and his cohorts’ testimony to the grand jury. Flynn may be cleared yet, else why the interminable delays to his sentencing?

Bucky Barkingham | September 8, 2018 at 7:51 am

Calling Papadopoulos a “campaign adviser” is like calling a chauffeur a traffic manager.

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