If Papadopoulos had not in fact communicated to the campaign that Russia had ill-gotten information on Clinton, that would be extraordinarily ironic, given that one of the main events that first led the FBI to open an investigation into the Trump campaign was allegedly that Papadopoulos boasted over drinks about Russian dirt on Clinton to an Australian diplomat.
His case was the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election while it was ongoing.
In asking the court for leniency, Papadopoulos said he made "a awful mistake, for which I have paid a bad price, and am deeply ashamed", and that he was motivated to lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation try to "create distance between the issue, myself, and the president".
Among those contacts were London-based professor Joseph Mifsud, who told him the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". "Decisions", Papadopoulos tweeted late last month, apparently in reference to the possibility that he might rescind his guilty plea.
Mueller's team had pushed for a six-month prison sentence, while Papadopoulos' defense had requested probation.
"The President of the United States hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could", Mr. Breen told the judge.
Papadopoulos, 31, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to a charge of making false statements to investigators about his contacts with Russian Federation.
The statement conflicts directly with statements made by Sessions and the Trump administration, who have maintained that Sessions dismissed the idea of rejecting foreign assistance when Papadopoulos suggested it.
Moss also said he thought it was important that his sentence send the public a message about the gravity of misleading and, "telling lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on matters of grave importance to the nation". In court papers, Breen wrote that during a March 2016 meeting attended by Papadopoulos, Trump nodded with approval at the idea, and then-Senator Jeff Sessions "appeared to like" it and said the campaign "should look into it".
"My recollection was that the senator [Jeff Sessions] was actually enthusiastic about a meeting between the candidate and President Putin".
He has been sentenced to 14 days in prison, plus a year of supervision and 200 additional hours of community service.
Papadopoulos disagreed in his own court filing, arguing he "cooperated fully" and provided "critical information".