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First Person Sentenced In Russia Probe Released

First Person Sentenced In Russia Probe Released Photo: MGN Online/George Papadopoulos/Twitter .

December 09, 2018 07:40 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - George Papadopoulos, the first person sent to prison in the Russia investigation, has been released.
    
That's according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
    
The former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser was sentenced to 14 days in prison this year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. Special counsel Robert Mueller's team recommended incarceration for Papadopoulos because they said he begrudged his cooperation and his lies harmed the probe.
    
Papadopoulos took a remorseful tone during his sentencing hearing, but he has since attacked Mueller's investigation as corrupt.
    
Declassified documents show that Papadopoulos' foreign contacts during the presidential campaign prompted the FBI in July 2016 to open a counterintelligence investigation. That investigation was later taken over by Mueller.
    
Meanwhile, former FBI Director James Comey is in closed-door meetings with two House committees on Capitol Hill.
    
House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. Democrats will also attend the interview.
    
Republicans argue that department officials were biased against President Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe into her email use.
    
Comey was asked on his way into the meeting room about Trump's assertion that he is best friends with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russia probe. Comey said: "Note that I smiled."
    
Comey said he might answer questions after the interview, which is expected to last much of the day.
    
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says his legal team has already drafted a rebuttal to any report issued by the special counsel in the Russia investigation.
    
The President took to Twitter on Friday to say his legal team is preparing to counter special counsel Robert Mueller's findings on whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian election interference.


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The Republican president says his team's report is 87 pages so far. But he says it won't be complete until Mueller issues his report.
    
Trump's comments come as Mueller is facing court deadlines to detail the cooperation of Trump's longtime legal fixer Michael Cohen. The special counsel also will detail the lies prosecutors say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told that led to his plea deal falling apart.
    
Manafort has said he believes he provided "truthful information."

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