George Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was released from prison on Friday after serving 12 days for lying to the federal government about his contacts with the Russians.
Papadopoulos was the first Trump associate to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and pleaded guilty to perjury last year. Although the White House has dismissed him as a low-level aide in the 2016 campaign, the FBI launched the Russia investigation after Papadopoulos bragged to Australia’s then-ambassador to the UK that Moscow had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Papadopoulos received a 14-day sentence in September and was seen exiting a federal prison in Winsconsin Friday morning. He will now undergo 12 months of supervised release, and is required to serve 200 hours of community service within about one year, in addition to paying a $9,500 fine.