Just moments after the news broke that former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a year of supervision, community service and a fine, CNN's Jake Tapper debuted a clip from his pre-taped interview with Papadopoulos.
As the couple headed for the court, a protester tossed an orange shirt reading, "Team Putin", at the former member of Trump's campaign, who pleaded guilty a year ago for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, along with potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president, recommended in August that Papadopoulos be sentenced to six months in prison.
Papadopoulos became the second person to be sentenced to prison in a prosecution brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
He apologised for his actions, telling a judge that he had made a "dreadful mistake" and was eager for redemption. "I was not honest, and I may have hindered the investigation".More news: Delta Fire Maps: Location, Evacuations, & Updates
US District Judge Randolph Moss said that Papadopoulos' deception was "not a noble lie" and that he had lied because he wanted a job in the Trump administration and didn't want to jeopardise that possibility by being tied to the Russian Federation investigation.
Three other campaign officials - chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and national security adviser Michael Flynn - either have pleaded guilty or been convicted of various crimes but none of the trio has yet been sentenced.
Thomas Breen, Papadopoulos's lawyer, admitted that his client had been "naive" and "a fool", but he also cast blame on President Trump.
The professor told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Mr Trump's Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".
He was also the first to detail a member of the Trump campaign having knowledge of the Russian efforts to meddle while it was going on.More news: Maybe Goldman Sachs Isn't So Keen On Crypto, After All
They wrote in a sentencing memo: "Mr Papadopoulos's motives for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation were wrongheaded indeed, but far from the sinister spin the government suggests. I don't know him", Trump said.
He portrayed Papadopoulos as a naive young man who was "being worked by a pro", a reference to Professor Mifsud, whom he later said he believes was working for Russian Federation and trying to take advantage of his client.
Prosecutors say Papadopoulos' lies caused irreparable harm to the investigation and he did not provide substantial assistance.
Papadopoulos later used his connections with the Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud, and other Russian nationals in an attempt to broker a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.More news: Dolphins' Stills encouraged by Nike ad deal with Kaepernick