US District Judge Randolph Moss on Friday sentenced George Papadopoulos, ex-adviser to US President Donald Trump, to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI.
Concise News understands that Papadopoulos contacts with Russians set off the probe into possible collusion with Moscow.
The judge said that Papadopoulos “lied in an investigation that was important to national security.”
“In January 2017, I made a terrible mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed,” Papadopoulos had told the court in Washington. “I was young and ambitious.”
The federal judge said he considered Papadopoulos’s “genuine remorse” in issuing the light sentence, which included a $9,500 fine, a year on parole and community service.
Papadopoulos has cooperated for more than a year with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
He has testified that senior campaign members encouraged him during 2016 to build ties with Russia, including after he told them that Moscow possessed — and could be willing to share — dirt on Trump’s election rival Hillary Clinton.