Robert Mueller's investigation.
"Judge said he believed Papadopoulos was genuinely remorseful but didn't agree to a probation sentence because he needed to send a message about the seriousness of lying to the FBI", Cheney wrote in a subsequent tweet.
The professor told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Mr Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".
Prior to a campaign rally ahead of of Papadopoulos' sentencing, the president sought to distance himself from his one time campaign advisor. Former adviser to trump became the first defendant in the investigation of a team of spectacular Robert Mueller, in respect of which the verdict of the court. "I know some people will think the sentence is light, some may think that it's heavy".
The sentencing judge, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss, agreed to allow Papadopoulos to surrender at a future date and to travel between now and then to NY and California, where his lawyer said he is considering relocating.
Papadopoulos was the key to discovering that, the government says.
The sentence that Papadopoulos received is about half the prison time given to Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer who was also charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the special counsel's probe.
Thomas Breen, Papadopoulos's lawyer, admitted that his client had been "naive" and "a fool", but he also cast blame on President Trump. The conversations actually occurred after he was brought on as a foreign policy adviser.
Her husband said, "I have no idea, George". Instead, they said, Papadopoulos "misled investigators to save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master".
Prosecutors said Papadopoulos used his contacts with the professor, identified in court papers as Joseph Mifsud, to elevate his status within the campaign and lobby for a meeting between Trump and Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin.