The first member of Donald Trump’s “inner circle” to be charged in the Russian interference investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has been sentenced. George Papadopoulos, who served as Trump’s foreign policy adviser, was sentenced to 14-days in jail to be followed by one year of supervised release. Papadopoulos was also hit with a $9500 fine. The special counsel originally called for a sentence of between 0-6 months after Papadopoulos’ cooperation with the investigation. Papadopoulos pleaded with the sentencing judge before his sentence was handed down.

“I made a terrible mistake. I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself.” Papadopoulos told the judge before being sentenced.

NBC News(@NBCNews) reports, prosecutors said Papadopoulos was solicited by a professor with ties to Russian Intelligence named Joseph Mifsud. Mifsud reportedly told Papadopoulos that the Russians possessed incriminating information about Hilary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails”. This was before it was public knowledge that Russia had stolen Democratic emails. Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about the timing of his interactions with the professor. He told the FBI it happened before he began working for Trump, when it had actually happened well afterward.

Prosecutors say Misfud arranged a meeting between Papadopoulos and a woman who was falsely introduced to Papadopoulos as Vladimir Putin’s niece.

Pictured: Joseph Misfud

After a night of heavy drinking, Papadopoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat about the stolen emails, Russians, and how the fix was in for Trump to win, as the two drank together at an upscale bar in London in 2016. The Australian Diplomat was so alarmed by Papadopoulos’ claims that he reported the conversation to his American counterparts. The Australian Diplomats’ concern came from evidence that they had seen Russia do the exact same thing in elections in multiple other countries around the world. That was the beginning of the counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election….and ultimately, Donald Trump and his camp’s role in the whole thing.

Trump, who has called the entire investigation a “hoax” and a “witch-hunt”, chimed in via Twitter after Papadopoulos’s sentencing.



After seven (7) straight days of victim impact statements from more than 150 young women and girls, former USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar learned his fate. US District Judge sentenced Nassar to 40-175 years behind bars. But not before the judge had a few harsh words for the former physician.




“Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again. I just signed your death warrant.”




Nassar’s face remained the same throughout the sentencing proceeding. What looked to me like a combination of sadness mixed in with plenty of self pity. Nassar briefly spoke before sentencing and said that “this would haunt him for the rest of his days.” Or something to that nature. The judge clearly wasn’t satisfied, as she began her scolding of Nassar before formally sentencing him. She questioned if Nassar’s words were genuine and if he really felt remorse for what he’d done to numerous young girls who were in his care. The one thing I did notice from watching the sentencing proceedings was how much others besides Nassar were named in court. Most notable, Michigan State University. Even the prosecutor halfway blamed many people for not listening to the victims as she credited the media with breaking this story. I expect a slew of lawsuits in the upcoming months. Lawsuits which I don’t see anyone attempting to defend. (not if they know what’s good for them) Nassar is also set to be sentenced for three more sexual assaults in Eaton County on January 31.