The man whose boozy conversation with a diplomat may have launched the federal government’s investigation into Russian election interference was sentenced Friday to 14 days in jail for lying to the FBI. George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, pleaded guilty last October to making a false statement when the FBI interviewed him in January 2017.
His attorneys sought leniency for their client Friday by claiming that Trump calling special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt” and “fake news” prompted their client to lie.
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