Prosecutors said Papadopoulos had lied to the government during a January 2017 interviewabout his meetings with Russians and that “[his] lies undermined investigators’ ability to challenge … or potentially detain or arrest” Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese professor who may have been a go-between for Papadopoulos and the Russian government.
Between his arrest and his sentencing, his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos (they married in March), had become a constant media presence in defense of her husband, and even directly appealed to Donald Trump for a pardon.
Papadopoulos told CNN that he “can’t guarantee” that he didn’t tell other campaign officials about the emails he had heard the Russian government had. “I might have, but I have no recollection of doing so. I can’t guarantee. All I can say is, my memory is telling me that I never shared it with anyone on the campaign,” he told CNN.
Three other former Trump aides—Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Michael Flynn—have either been convicted or pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes brought under the special counsel’s investigation. Papadopoulos is the first to be sentenced