Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos got a two-week sentence after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.
Someone else lied to the FBI and went to prison not too long ago.
Martha Stewart, in 2004, was found guilty of lying to the FBI. She served five months at a federal prison camp. It’s true that Stewart was found guilty after going to trial. She was also found guilty on several additional felonies. Papadopoulos plead guilty to the one felony.
But it’s also a true that Stewart’s crimes were about making money. Papadopoulos broke the law as part of a criminal conspiracy to undermine democracy and install a Russian Manchurian candidate in the White House – the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Maybe the sentences are just for both Stewart and Papadopoulos. It doesn’t sit well that this guy gets only two weeks in jail. And he recanted previous statements about his admitting to working with Russian spies to help Trump steal the Oval Office.
He claims he doesn’t remember doing it.
And Robert Mueller’s prosecutors said as much to the judge. They said that Papadopoulos should get some jail time because he wasn’t forthcoming with investigators.
Stewart got 5 months. Papadopuolos two weeks.
But on October 8, 2004 at approximately 6:15 am, Stewart reported to the Federal Prison Camp, Alderson in West Virginia. She would not be released until March 4, 2005.
Mueller’s prosecutors said Papadopoulos’ sentence “should reflect the fact that lying to federal investigators has real consequences, especially where the defendant lied to investigators about critical facts, in an investigation of national importance, after having been explicitly warned that lying to the FBI was a federal offense.”
The lawyers for Papadopoulos argued that he wasn’t as bad as Trump.
“The president of the United States,” his lawyer Thomas Breen argued, “hindered this investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever could.”
Claiming there are worse criminals than the defendant is an odd choice. Another person’s crimes don’t lessen someone else’s crimes.
Maybe two weeks locked up is the appropriate sentence for Papadopoulos, but it seems weak for the little twerp. He worked with Russian spies to install a Russian asset in the Oval Office. That should be a mitigating factor when sentencing. The full six month maximum should have been the sentence. That would send a message to people that lying to the FBI will get you locked for half a year.