Former Donald Trump campaign aide whose remarks in a London pub sparked the US inquiry into possible collusion with Russia has been sentenced to 14 days in prison.
George Papadopoulos, 31 has been jailed for lying to the FBI.
US District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos to 14 days in prison, acknowledging his guilty plea and his remorse, but noting that he “lied in an investigation that was important to national security.”
Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russia collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It came just over two weeks after two former top Trump aides were convicted of felony crimes in cases that grew out of the probe.
US President Donald Trump reacted by taking an apparent swipe at the cost of the investigation into the former aide. He wrote;
14 days for $28 MILLION – $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion. A great day for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2018
Senator Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own Russia collusion investigation, applauded Mueller’s work.
Despite constant attacks by the president, Mueller and his team “are conducting a serious, professional investigation” into the 2016 Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians, Warner said in a statement.
In Friday’s sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $9,500 (£7,350).
He said in court that his “entire life has been turned upside down” and he hoped “for a second chance to redeem myself”.
Papadopoulos concluded by saying “this investigation has global implications, and the truth matters”.