Friday, 16 November, 2018

A former adviser to trump in jail

Papadopoulos wife and unofficial spokeswoman Simona took to Twitter to share her support of her husband Papadopoulos wife and unofficial spokeswoman Simona took to Twitter to share her support of her husband
Ray Hunter | 11 September, 2018, 06:28

Washington, Sep 8 (UNI) The former Trump adviser whose remarks in a London pub sparked the U.S. inquiry into possible collusion with Russian Federation has been sentenced to 14 days in jail, said a BBC News report.

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 a year ago and acknowledged that his actions could have hindered their work.

"I made a bad mistake for which I paid dearly and I am terribly ashamed", Papadopoulos said at his sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of up to six months, while defense lawyers asked for probation.

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. He emphasized that Papadopoulos' lies to investigators came a week after Trump's inauguration, at a time when the onetime policy aide was seeking a senior role in the administration and the president had begun dismissing the Russian Federation investigation as a lie.

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss said that Papadopoulos' deception was "not a noble lie" and that he had lied because he wanted a job in the Trump administration and didn't want to jeopardize that possibility by being tied to the Russian Federation investigation.

He "elevated his self-interest over the national interest", he said. Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to FBI investigators when they interviewed him. Mifsud left the United States and not returned, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found him in the US on February 11, 2017, about two weeks after Papadopoulos' first interview.

"14 days for $28 MILLION - $2 MILLION a day, No Collusion. A great day for America!" tweeted the President. That probe was later taken over by Mueller.

Papadopoulos admitted past year that he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about interactions in which people he thought were linked to the Russian government described Moscow having "thousands of emails" with damaging information about Clinton. Jeff Sessions taking an interest in a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The London-based professor, Joseph Misfud who told former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton is missing and he may be dead.

"The defendant did not provide "substantial assistance" " after that arrest, prosecutors wrote to the judge, "and much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him".

Djokovic beats heat and Millman to reach US Open semis
The late-evening's humidity played a factor. "He was apologising, he felt very sorry that he has to leave the court and change". Open officials began putting it in play last week, when temperatures first soared into the mid-90s.

Filings by lawyers to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Mifsud is missing and may be dead.

Outside court on Friday, Papadopoulos' lawyer, Thomas Breen, said his client was a "fool" and had acted "stupidly" in lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He said Papadopoulos' deception required investigators to scour more than 100,000 emails and gigabytes of data to reconstruct the timeline of his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries. He explained why he told Greece's foreign minister about the Russian dirt and expanded on his belief Sessions was not honest in Congressional testimony a year ago. Papadopoulos lied to the FBI, Breen said, because he wanted to "keep his name in the hopper" for a position in the Trump administration.

"The president of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could".

Breen described his client as a "patriot", who wasn't trying to help Russian Federation.

Papadopoulos soon made contact with a mysterious Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud. "I looked at candidate Trump directly in his eyes and said, 'I can do this for you if it's in your interest and if it's in the campaign's interest.' And the collective energy in the room, of course, there were some dissenters, but the collective energy in the room seem to be interested".

"As an influential foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, Mr. Papadopoulos was informed that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails" at a critical time during the campaign", Warner said.

That account conflicts with what Sessions, now attorney general, testified before Congress. He participated in four proffer sessions, they said, and "was willing to answer any questions posed". These emails burst into public view two months later with the first WikiLeaks releases.

Breen also rejected the idea that Papadopoulos was the victim of a witch hunt or prosecutorial misconduct. Weeks later, the stolen Clinton emails were posted online by what U.S. intelligence chiefs now say were Russian intelligence actors.

Asked if Papadopoulos still remained loyal to Trump, Breen smiled wryly and paused for a beat.

"We were hoping for no jail time but two weeks is OK", Maria Stamatopoulos said.

Recommended

  • North Korea marks anniversary with huge parade

    North Korea marks anniversary with huge parade

    Interested in North Korea? North Korea traditionally uses holidays to showcase its military arsenal and new technology. The guide said Kim Jung Un "appreciates attractive women and wants North Korean women to be the most handsome of all".
    Trump Tells Montana Rally Crowd: If I Get Impeached, it's Your Fault

    Trump Tells Montana Rally Crowd: If I Get Impeached, it's Your Fault

    Ironically, it turns out plaid shirt guy wasn't the only person who wasn't considered worthy of standing behind the president. However, the high schooler stood out because of his animated facial expressions, that ranged from bewildered to skeptical.
    Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to retire

    Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to retire

    But Ma on Thursday told Bloomberg TV that he was mulling an early retirement similar to Bill Gates' early exit from Microsoft. According to the paper current CEO Daniel Zhang is a "candidate" to replace Ma, who plans to pursue philanthropy in education.
  • Bears' Allen Robinson Backs Matt Nagy's Play-Calling, Late Decisions

    Bears' Allen Robinson Backs Matt Nagy's Play-Calling, Late Decisions

    A good way to gauge which Bears played well is by reviewing Pro Football Focus' grades from the game. But late in the game, he missed and/or rushed some throws and looked like a different quarterback.
    Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26 of apparent overdose, TMZ reports

    Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26 of apparent overdose, TMZ reports

    Friends and fellow musicians have begun to pay tribute to Miller, with Chance The Rapper saying that he is devastated by the news. His first full-length album, Blue Slide Park , debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard chart in 2011.

    Ex-Trump Campaign Adviser Jailed

    He said his client doesn't recall telling anybody connected with the Trump campaign about Mifsud's offer of Clinton dirt. However, they wrote, the claim that his lies harmed the investigation are "speculative and contrary to the evidence".
  • Verdict: England given immediate perspective on where they stand by Spain’s display

    Verdict: England given immediate perspective on where they stand by Spain’s display

    Spain's easy-on-the-eye style began to pick holes in England as the likes of Isco, Alcantara and Saul Niguez took charge. The 31-year-old said he would return for England duty if Gareth Southgate has no other options.
    'Defeat will stay with me forever,' says devastated Thiem

    'Defeat will stay with me forever,' says devastated Thiem

    Nadal beat del Potro last year in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows, and again this year in the semifinals of the French Open. He hit 19 winners in the fourth set-which was an 81-minute mini-classic all by itself-and won it in a tiebreaker.
    Taiwanese airlines cancel flights to Osaka due to typhoon | Economics

    Taiwanese airlines cancel flights to Osaka due to typhoon | Economics

    In just 48 hours, the storm morphed from a tropical storm into a bonafide Category 5 monster with sustained winds up to 175 mph. At least two people were killed as the storm disrupted land and air travel and left thousands stranded.
  • Packers receivers come up huge in comeback win over Bears

    Packers receivers come up huge in comeback win over Bears

    Rodgers was injured when Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris seemed to fall on his left knee after a second-quarter sack. That comeback was highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that put the Packers up for good.
    Ajayi inspires Eagles to winning start against Falcons

    Ajayi inspires Eagles to winning start against Falcons

    The defence fed off that energy with a strong goal-line stand on the opening series, stopping the Falcons three times at the 1. With 7:41 remaining in the third quarter and the Eagles trailing 6-3, they were in need of a jump-start.
    Jordan Henderson signs new Liverpool deal - Premier League 2018

    Jordan Henderson signs new Liverpool deal - Premier League 2018

    So we do the work now, and this is how it is - it is normal that you are not quite at 100 percent in the games". He's very mature for his age, his feet are firmly on the ground and he can be as good as he wants to be".

Trump warns of tariffs on another $267B imports from China Trump warns of tariffs on another $267B imports from China The US Trade Representative's office received almost 6,000 comments and held seven days of public hearings on the proposed levies. The new HomePod and Mac mini will also be negatively affected by the tariffs, along with adapters and chargers for many products.

John Legend becomes first black man to earn EGOT status John Legend becomes first black man to earn EGOT status The TV musical also made EGOT'ers out of serial Tony-snatchers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (they have nine between them). NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert has won five Emmys during the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final All four players are past finalists at Flushing Meadows, the first time that's happened at the US Open since 2011. Djokovic missed last year's tournament because of a chronic elbow injury that required minor surgery in January.

‘iPhone Xc’ images leaked days ahead of launch ‘iPhone Xc’ images leaked days ahead of launch While smartphone market growth has slowed, higher prices have helped Apple keep expanding and it has gained market share. Apple warned last week that this will raise prices for some of its popular offerings like the Watch and AirPods.

Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike US Southeast McMaster said he had asked President Donald Trump to declare a federal emergency in SC in anticipation of the storm's arrival. Florence is not now expected to impact metro Atlanta, as the storm is now forecast to remain northeast of the area.

Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane A high surf warning remains in effect for east-facing shores of all islands, CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB reports. Hurricane Isaac is now located 1,305 miles west of the Windward Islands with sustained wind speeds of 75 mph.

India's top court strikes down gay sex ban India's top court strikes down gay sex ban Balachandra isn't the only one who has been optimistic and eager about the judgement. Justice Chandrachud was one of the judges in that ruling as well.

BA to face fines over data breach? BA to face fines over data breach? In a swift response to this invasion, British Airways says it has reported to the police to help get to the root of the matter. Some 75,000 passengers were left stranded after a glitch forced the airline to cancel almost 726 flights over three days.

Week 1 Texans to start in fantasy football Week 1 Texans to start in fantasy football I'm talking about the down and dirty, hard-hitting, need-to-know-basis questions that beat reporters can't even get answers to. That trend will continue when they open the season against one another at 1 p.m.

New coach Luis Enrique wants unpredictable Spain in Nations League New coach Luis Enrique wants unpredictable Spain in Nations League Spain got crashed out of the World Cup after being defeated in penalties against hosts Russian Federation . Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is confident he has the support of Spain coach Luis Enrique.

Golden boy: Kane to face Spain in eye-catching boots Golden boy: Kane to face Spain in eye-catching boots They wanted to bounce back after their difficulties at the World Cup . "To do that we've got to improve in every area". Who do you think will win this clash tonight? We've heard it's going to be a sell-out and that's what we want.

Ariana Grande disables Instagram comments after being blamed for Mac Miller's death Ariana Grande disables Instagram comments after being blamed for Mac Miller's death A week after their breakup, Miller was arrested for allegedly crashing his auto while drunk and then fleeing the scene. It wasn't just in music, but I definitely was going through a drug problem and I think it was more my state of mind.

Tropical Storm Florence A "Potential Threat" Tropical Storm Florence A East Coast were hoping for as the storm seems now more likely to hit the two countries Weather Channel reports. The storm, expected to regain hurricane strength, poses the threat of heavy rain, risky surf and rip currents.

US Open Day 12 Men's Tips: Nadal generously priced against Del Potro US Open Day 12 Men's Tips: Nadal generously priced against Del Potro He should have won the first set more easily, as he served for the first set at 5-4 and blew two set points with unforced errors. Open match, showed signs of distress nearly from the start as he limped noticeably after a grueling 69-minute opening set.

USA keen to strengthen relationship with India: Mattis USA  keen to strengthen relationship with India: Mattis Washington and New Delhi share concerns over Pakistan-based anti-Western and anti-Indian Islamist militant groups. If the Guardian sale goes through, India would become the first non-NATO country to buy armed US drones.