US president’s ex aide gets convicted in Russian meddling investigations

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Pallak Kainthla

In another breakthrough development in the probe related to the alleged role of russia into the US presidential elections in 2016 , a court bench found Trump’s ex aide , the first to be charged in the probe guilty of a possible collusion with Russia which landed him into prison for a term of 14 days along with a fine of $9,500 and community service orders.

George papadopoulos joined Trump’s 2016 election campaign and was charged in July 2017 after pleading guilty for which he faced a sentence for lying about his contact with a british professor dirt about Trump’s competitor Hillary Clinton.

Several other aides have also been charged in the muller probe which has been termed by the US president as a ‘witch hunt’.

After the announcement of the  sentence,  Donald trump tweeted ” 14 days for $28 million -$2 million a day , No collusion .A great day for America”.

Other indictments in the probe include ex campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his top deputy Rick gates for money laundering, illegal lobbying and other charges unrelated to the election.

Michael Cohen , Trump’s former personal lawyer too pleaded guilty in the  bank and campaign violations alongwith Michael Flynn who too pleaded guilty for lying to FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US.

Papadopoulos and his lawyers looked seemingly satisfied from the two week sentence , he was the second defendant who was convicted in the probe after Van der Zevaan , a dutch lawyer who worked with Manafort and Gates was charged  for lying to prosecutors .

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