It has been one hellish week for the White House, as President Trump fends off attacks from former Presidents, overzealous democratic Senators, and a possible “resistance” rat within the Oval Office itself.
All of this has been without much noise from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s witch hunt into the conspiracy theory known as #Russiagate.
That is, until now...
Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“My entire life has been turned upside down, I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself,” he said. Mueller’s team had pushed for a six-month prison sentence, while Papadopoulos’ defense had requested probation.Papadopoulos served as a foreign policy adviser to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, and was the first to plead guilty in the Mueller probe. According to the indictment, Papadopoulos was told by a Maltese professor in April 2016 that Russian officials had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
He later attempted to use his links to the professor and Russian nationals to attempt to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He admitted to lying about those contacts to Mueller’s team, which investigators said led them to miss a chance to interview the professor, Joseph Mifsud.
Of course Papadopoulos is just one of several former Trump acquaintances who have been snared by Mueller on a wide range of charges, with Mueller’s power growing larger in scope by the minute.