Moss said he suspects that "just the process of having to go to prison will leave a strong impression on him for the remainder of his life". "I don't know him", Trump said.
He "elevated his self-interest over the national interest", he said. The Australian notified his government, which notified the United States.
Papadopoulos was the second person ordered to prison in the sprawling, 16-month Russian Federation collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and came just over two weeks after two former top aides to Trump were convicted of felony crimes in cases that grew out of the probe.
But the attorney said "the president of the United States hindered this investigation more than Papadopoulos ever could".
Papadopoulos, the first campaign aide sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, said he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for having lied to FBI agents during an interview previous year and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work. Breen argued that those comments influenced Papadopoulos's decision to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"My recollection was that the senator [Jeff Sessions] was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin". "This investigation has global implications and the truth matters".
"We are very satisfied with the sentence". "I think about it still".
"No offence, but he was unsophisticated, he was naive and he was foolish", Breen said in court.
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"I was surrounded by important people", he told the judge.
Papadopoulos was the first to plead guilty in Mueller's probe. A scheduled Federal Bureau of Investigation cooperation interview was canceled.
"He called Mueller's team "professional" and well-prepared".
Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, right, who pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI during the agency's Russian Federation probe, holds hands with his wife Simona Mangiante, as they arrive at federal court for sentencing, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Washington. Papadopoulos had initially claimed this was before he joined the campaign, though he later confirmed it was once he was on staff.
His crime, they said in a court filing last month, "was serious and caused damage to the government's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election".
For months, his significance in the special counsel's investigation was unclear.
Moss said he had planned to give Papadopoulos a 30-day term but was persuaded by his courtroom expression of remorse to reduce the sentence. "I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me - that's the only thing I know about him", he said, an apparent reference to a March 31, 2016, campaign meeting that Papadopoulos and Trump attended.
Attorneys for Papadopoulos had sought to avoid prison, instead requesting probation. His wife, Simona Mangiante, sat in the front row nodding as the judge addressed her husband. He was the first known Trump campaign official to cooperate with the special counsel into possible conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.