UK Professor Mifsud who linked Trump campaign with Russian Federation dead

George Papadopoulos and wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos after their Chicago wedding

A former campaign aide to Donald Trump has been jailed for 14 days after admitting lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian collusion.

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss ordered the incarceration, saying that he couldn't avoid imposing prison time given the gravity of the investigation.

In an interview with the New York Times this week, Papadopoulos gave his first public account for why he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January of 2017 when questioned about the campaign's contacts with Russian intermediaries.

Papadopoulos related the talk of Democratic emails to an Australian diplomat during what The New York Times described as a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016.

George Papadopoulos admitted to the court in Washington DC that he had hindered an investigation of national importance by hiding the extent of his contacts with Russian intermediaries.

PAPADOPOULOS' attorney said Trump's efforts dwarfed his client's actions.

"I made a terrible mistake, but I am a good man who is eager for redemption", Papadopoulos said.

Papadopoulos apparently raised the possibility of setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin during a national security meeting in March 2016. In a court filing August 31, Papadopoulos's lawyers painted him as a political newcomer "eager to show his value to the campaign", and quickly got in over his head. "A great day for America!" he tweeted.

The sentence drew a quick response from Trump on Twitter, as he scoffed at the two weeks of prison time by comparing it to an unverified cost figure for the Mueller probe.

In his pre-sentencing statement, Papadopoulos admitted lying to FBI investigators in January 2017 but said it had been out of a desire to protect his career and a naive loyalty to the Trump administration.

A former Trump adviser at the centre of a USA inquiry into possible collusion with Russian Federation has been sentenced to 14 days in jail for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion". He hopes to be excused from probation immediately after the sentencing because of the last 13 months he's spent since his arrest, his memo said. Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him.

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.

He ultimately cooperated but, Goldstein added, he "didn't come close to the standard of substantial assistance".

According to Bloomberg News, the committee indicated that an investigator had been used to find Mifsud, who had disappeared for months, and was told the Maltese professor may be dead.

"I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me, that's the only thing I know about him", Trump said, referring to a widely circulated photo of Papadopoulos in a meeting with Trump and several other advisers.

Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him on January 27, 2017.

He said he lied not to impede investigation but "to preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".

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