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Former Trump Advisor George Papadopoulos Jailed Over Russia Inquiry

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The former US President Donald Trump advisor whose remarks in a London pub sparked the US inquiry into possible collusion with Russia has been sentenced to 14 days in jail.George Papadopoulos, 31, told the court in Washington DC he was a “patriotic American” who made a mistake by lying. He pleaded guilty last October to lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Moscow. He was the first ex-Trump aide arrested in the probe into an alleged Kremlin plot to sway the 2016 US vote. In Friday’s sentencing, Papadopoulos was also handed 12 months of supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $9,500 (£7,350).The Chicago native was a London-based petroleum analyst before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 as a volunteer foreign policy adviser. Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud. The professor told Papadopoulos the Russians had “dirt” on Mr Trump’s Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails”. The young political operative told Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, and other members of the campaign’s national security team that he could set up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin ahead of the November 2016 election.Photo Credit: Getty

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