George Papadopoulos leaves federal prison after serving 12 days

Former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Press: Should the media apologize to Donald Trump? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump MORE was released from a federal prison in Wisconsin on Friday morning after serving 12 days for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russia-linked officials during the 2016 campaign. 

He will now have 12 months of supervised release and will have to serve more than 200 hours of community service as well as pay a $9,500 fine.

"Glad to have been released today, I am extremely grateful to patriots who supported me," Papadopoulos tweeted Friday evening while sharing his plans to release a book.

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Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia-linked individuals he was seeking to broker a meeting with for the Trump campaign.

He was handed down his sentence in September and was one of the first Trump campaign officials to be sentenced as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russia's election interference.

“While I wasn’t in prison for that long, it’s still not a place anybody wants to spend even one minute in let alone 12 or 14 days, whatever I was in there,” Papadopoulos said on Saturday at the Conservative American Priority Conference in Washington, D.C.

“You're away from family, you're away from friends, you're away from the world and you're living in an underworld," he added. "You know, and I never thought my life that it would've happened to me.”

Papadopoulos has been an outspoken critic of the Mueller probe since his plea deal was struck and claimed that he was improperly targeted by the Obama administration and other western intelligence agencies that wanted to entrap him and others tied to the Trump campaign to embarrass the president.

“I NEVER flipped against the president. What I did do, however, is expose the corruption of this ‘investigation’ for the world to see. The legacy is what matters now, how history remembers these days. Silence during these critical days was never an option. All must be exposed,” he tweeted last month. 

It was Papadopoulos’s comments to a top Australian diplomat during the 2016 race that the Russians had dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Here's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings MORE’s campaign that triggered the Justice Department’s investigation into the Trump campaign.

Papadopoulos had claimed that he got the information from Joseph Mifsud, a Kremlin-linked professor who Papadopoulos says, without evidence, is actually a British intelligence officer. 

“Still can’t believe the day I am going to a federal prison camp, mainstream media says am going for my Russia contacts. I have never met a single Russian official in my life. I have, however, met many western intel sources—Joseph Mifsud—who people still call 'Russian.' Facts. USA,” he tweeted in November.

 

Updated: Dec. 9 at 10:27 a.m.