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Two-year sentence for GOP operative convicted of illegal coordination
A former Republican political operative convicted in a first-ever federal criminal case of illegal coordination between a campaign and a purportedly independent ally was sentenced Friday to two years in prison — a lighter punishment than prosecutors sought but one that might still serve to send a message about the crime.
Under skeptical questioning from U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady, 34-year-old Tyler Harber conceded: “I’m guilty of this. I knew it was wrong when I did it.” But Harber said he was not motivated by greed or a lust for power: he simply wanted to win an election and believed what he was doing was a common — if illegal — practice.
“I got caught up in what politics has become,” Harber said.