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That was because, in January 2017, shortly before Papadopoulos was interviewed by - and lied to - the FBI, Trump proclaimed that the Russian Federation investigation was a "witch hunt" and "fake news", one his lawyers, Thomas Breen, told the court.

Papadopoulos served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's 2016 campaign, and was the first to plead guilty in the Mueller probe.

The DNC, which is suing Russian Federation, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks for interfering in the 2016 election, said that it believes that all the defendants in the case had been served with the complaint, "with the exception of Mifsud (who is missing and may be deceased)". "Judge Randy Moss emphasized that there's "no reason to think the Federal Bureau of Investigation bamboozled" Papadopoulos, and he said his lies were not meant to boost Russian Federation but to serve his own self-interest of getting a job in the Trump White House".

He was handed a 14-day jail term as he told a court in Washington: "In January 2017, I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed".

The Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russian Federation investigation will find out Friday whether he will be going to prison for lying to the FBI.

Papadopoulos obtained a plea deal at the time, which was subsequently unsealed last October.

Papadopoulos further stressed: "I remember him being enthusiastic about a potential meeting between the candidate and President Putin after I raised the question".

During his sentencing hearing Papadopoulos said his case should serve as a warning to others.

The Russian outreach to Papadopoulos was part of a sweeping active measures campaign aimed at the United States that also included overtures toward other political operatives, cyberattacks, agitation on social media and more.

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Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud.

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.

"I think everyone was a little paranoid throughout this past year", Papadopoulos said.

Papadopoulos tried futilely for months to arrange a meeting between top campaign aides and Russian officials.

The investigation into alleged Russian interference in the United States elections has since been turned over to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

In hindsight, he said in court, he recognizes that was wrong and "might have harmed the investigation".

Not only that, Papadopoulos withheld a cellphone that he used during the campaign, prosecutors said, and provided it only when asked about the phone.

Breen also rejected the idea that Papadopoulos was the victim of a witch hunt or prosecutorial misconduct.

In a court filing, lawyers for Papadopoulos had argued for probation, saying he was "ashamed and remorseful" but wasn't trying to undermine the Russian Federation probe when he was "caught off-guard by an impromptu interrogation".