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Ex-Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to investigators about his contact with individuals tied to Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Papadopolous will also have 12 months of supervised release, serve 200 hours of community service within about a year and will be fined $9,500.
Before he must surrender to prison, Papadopoulos may be able to travel to New York and to California, where he plans to relocate.
This is the first sentence dealt to a Trump campaign affiliate in special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the Trump campaign.
Papadopoulos was arrested more than a year ago and pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with several people connected to Russia during the campaign.
For months, his significance in the special counsel’s investigation was unclear. His sentencing Friday made clear he had barely been a cooperator in the investigation, yet had serious contact with Russia’s affiliates in Europe as they tried to lure the Trump campaign.
He had discussed with those foreigners the possibility of a foreign trip where Donald Trump could meet Vladimir Putin. He had also heard from them that the Russians had “dirt,” in the form of emails, on Hillary Clinton, though he did not realize the seriousness of the stolen emails before they were released, his attorney said.