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Alan Dershowitz on George Papadopoulos’ 14-day sentence
The former trump adviser gets 14 days in jail over comments made to the investigator; Alan Dershowitz responds on ‘Fox & Friends.’
The former trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos on Sunday claimed attorney General Jeff Sessions was “excited” about a possible meeting between then-candidate Trump and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to the meetings in opposition sworn congressional testimony’ at the end of last year.
Papadopoulos Friday sentenced to 14 days in prison and a $9,500 fine for lying to the FBI during the Special Counsel, Robert Müller the probe in the Russian interference in the election of 2016. Müller was the team was looking for a longer six-month rate.
Speaking on ABC’s “This week” anchor George Stephanopoulos, Papadopoulos, designated 31. March 2016, the meeting of the group in foreign policy, in which he was depicted with the two trumps, and meetings.
“I explained to them that I come from a “think tank” background, and I work in the energy industry, but I can establish a connection, a possible summit between candidate Trump and President Putin,” said Papadopoulos. “[Trump] was open to the idea. And he delayed, of course then senior Senator, Jeff Sessions, I remember that I was pretty excited.”
Papadopoulos’ lawyers have previously said that President Trump “nodded with approval” to the proposal of a meeting with Putin.
But in November 2017, sessions testified that he “pushed back”, if Papadopoulos the idea of a Trump-Russia-floated meeting.
“I pushed you, I just want to say that it is the way,” sessions Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY attorney general replied saying, “I can’t remember” when pressed for further details.
14 days for $28 MILLION, $2 MILLION per day, No collusion. A great day for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 7. September 2018
TRUMP DEFIES THE COST OF MUELLER PROBE ACCORDING TO PAPADOPOULOS CONVICTION, THERE IS “NO COLLUSION’
On Sunday, while Papadopoulos stopped for a moment to accuse sessions of the lie, he account of his denied flatly.
“My memory is different from Jeff Sessions’.”
– Former Trump Adviser George Papadopoulos
“My memory is different from Jeff Sessions”,” Papadopoulos Stephanopoulos said.
But not everyone is the Trump campaign was inspired by a Russia-conference, according to Papadopoulos.
“I Manafort had actually reached [the campaign Chairman Paul] and said to him, look, I have the information that the Russian government will want to, could be said of the host-candidate Trump,” Papadopoulos. “Are you interested or not, or I just don’t want to continue with this exercise, if it is fruitless. And as far as I remember, it was seemingly that Paul Manafort wanted to pursue this meeting.”
Manafort last month was convicted on the unrelated bank and tax fraud charges as part of the Müller-probe.
Papadopoulos said he had misled Federal investigators about his meetings with Russia, Malta professor Joseph Mifsud connected, because he wanted to isolate him from the policy liability after a grueling campaign.
“The time for my interview with the FBI, I believe, for three or four days before, I was at the inauguration, the participation of parties with senior-level transfer of officials,” Papadopoulos said. “And I found myself, as someone who worked incredibly hard in the last year of the campaign, in fact, the candidate trump have to be chosen. And then I found myself pinned between the Ministry of justice and the President-in-office and with probing questions that I thought might be a burden on the President.”
According to Müller-team of the Federal indictment, Papadopoulos Mifsud said in April 2016, that Russian officials had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of E-Mails.”
The defense portrayed Papadopoulos as an eager campaign aide that was about his head, and she pushed back on claims by the prosecution that he harmed had the FBI investigation.
“The President of the United States might hinder this investigation, more than George Papadopoulos ever,” his lawyer said.
On Sunday, Papadopoulos did not want to, if asked whether he agreed that Trump had hampered the Russia probe, saying only: “I have no idea.”
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He also described in detail vividly his experiences, which arrested shortly after landing in Virginia, Dulles airport, on the flight from Athens.
“I’m texting or messaging my girlfriend at the time and I let them know that there are people, me here at the airport,” Papadopoulos said on Sunday. “There is something very strange, you know, there are some gentlemen in a suit and red tie and you are just staring at me, while everyone else is exhausted from a transatlantic flight.
“I get up to the kiosk, where I try my passport in the kiosk, my visa to re-enter the country, and I am-it’s a badge in my face, this is the FBI, you should come with us,” he continued. “Basically, they told me that this is what happens when you do not tell us everything you can about your Russian contacts.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.