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Dem strategist: Papadopoulos did not fully understand what he was doing

Democratic strategist Chuck Rocha said on Monday that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos did not fully understand what he was doing when he tried to broker a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

"I've worked in campaigns for over 28 years and there's been different levels of staffers that you encounter," Rocha told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." "But in no time, has anyone ever said we should talk to the Russians, and I worked on a lot of presidential campaigns." 

 

"People have come to me with some crazy ideas and even that, in certain contexts, there are certain things you just can't do," he continued. 

 

"I also do believe this guy was a little bit, I won't say ignorant, but I will say not understanding the full breadth of what he was doing. And it was really strange for me to see the judge almost side with him, and feel sorry for him in this sentencing of saying just fourteen days," he said. 

 

Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year, was sentenced on Friday to fourteen days in federal prison and one year supervised release for lying to FBI investigators about his Russia contacts. 

 

He is the first Trump campaign official to be sentenced as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference.

 

Prosecutors had requested that Papadopoulos be sentenced to six months in federal prison and fined $9,500 for the crime. 

 

 

- Julia Manchester

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