Everything That Happened This Week In The Trump-Russia Story
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopolous appeared before a federal judge to be sentenced for lying to the FBI on Friday. Ahead of the hearing, a sentencing memorandum gave us some new information, including that President Trump personally signed off on Papadopoulos’ offer to set up a meeting with Vladimir Putin during the campaign. Papadopolous’ attorney argued in court Friday that Trump “hindered that investigation more” than Papadopoulos did. Papadopolous was ultimately sentenced to 14 days in prison and a year of supervised release, fined $9,500 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. The judge had planned a harsher sentence but said he was moved by Papadopolous’ words of contrition. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team informed the President that it would allow him to submit written answers to questions; Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani replied that questions about obstruction of justice were a “no-go,” in person or in writing. According to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s new book “Fear,” Trump…
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