Ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

Donald Trump right stands next to Sen. Jeff Sessions as Sessions speaks during a rally on Feb. 28 2016 in Madison Ala

Donald Trump right stands next to Sen. Jeff Sessions as Sessions speaks during a rally on Feb. 28 2016 in Madison Ala

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

The ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election continues today with no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with foreign actors to meddle in the election.

He was handed a 14-day jail term as he told a court in Washington: "In January 2017, I made a awful mistake for which I paid dearly, I am ashamed".

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.

J.D. Gordon, former National Security Adviser for the Trump campaign, echoed similar sentiments, while blasting the Mueller probe. He has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, plus a year of supervision and 200 additional hours of community service.

They said Papadopoulos's initial lies hindered investigators' ability to effectively question, challenge or detain Joseph Mifsud, the London professor who had contacted him.

Papadopoulos' mother Kiki, aunt Maria and father Tony spoke to CNN as they exited the hearing.

Breen told a rapt courtroom that Papadopoulos has already faced his penalty over the past year, and realized he needed to disavow the Trump administration in favor of the truth.

"The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did", Breen said.

The former Trump aide's legal team has requested leniency, asking that Papadopoulos receive probation but no prison time.

He was the first ex-Trump aide arrested in the probe into an alleged Kremlin plot to sway the 2016 U.S. vote.

According to federal prosecutors, Papadopoulos lied to agents about his attempts to contact Russians during the campaign "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the extent of the campaign's knowledge of his contacts".

In his time with the Trump campaign, the delicacy of Papadopoulos's mission to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin was not always reflected in his conduct.

Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, right, was sentenced to 14 days in prison Friday.

In subsequent campaign communications, Papadopoulos was encouraged to pursue a Putin-Trump meeting. "I saw him sitting in one picture at a table with me - that's the only thing I know about him", he said, an apparently reference to a March 31, 2016, campaign meeting that Papadopoulos and Trump attended.

"We don't talk politics", he said.

But he said then-senator and now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions "was actually enthusiastic".

"It was at best begrudging efforts to cooperate and we don't think they were substantial or significant in any regard", he said.

Van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who worked with Manafort and Gates, was also convicted of lying to prosecutors.

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