Mueller: Prison Time An Option For Former Trump Campaign Aide Papadopoulos

Lies from Papadopoulos harmed Russia investigation special counsel says

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended that a federal judge to sentence George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide of US President Donald Trump, to up to six months in prison for lying to investigators in relation to the ongoing Russian Federation meddling probe.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to FBI agents investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

In the court filing, Mueller wrote that Papadopoulos' "lies negatively affected the FBI's Russian Federation investigation" and his "lies were not momentarily lapses".

"The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration, within the applicable guidelines range of 0 to 6 months' imprisonment, is appropriate and warranted", Mueller wrote on Friday in a government sentencing memorandum to the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mueller's sentencing memo also noted that although Papadopoulos "agreed to meet with the government to answer questions" before he pleaded guilty, he did not offer "substantial assistance" to the Russian Federation investigation.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7.

Since her husband's guilty plea in exchange for cooperation with the Mueller probe Papadopoulos has been living in Chicago.

One of the Russian contacts that Papadopoulos misled investigators about communicating with was Joseph Mifsud, a Kremlin-linked professor in London who allegedly reached out to Papadopoulos on behalf of Russia.

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There were also specific details in the court filing about what damage Papadopoulos caused.

The filing suggests Papadopoulos hampered the FBI's ability to figure that out. Trump himself tweeted. calling Papadopoulos a "young, low level volunteer named George.'".

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last October to one count of making false statements, admitting in court papers that he lied about the nature of his interactions with "foreign nationals" he thought had close connections to senior Russian government officials. During one of them, Papadopoulos was told that Russian Federation had damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".

Since then, Mueller has returned two sweeping indictments that detail a multi-faceted Russian campaign to undermine the USA presidential election in an attempt to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help Trump.

Mueller's office has not yet filed a sentencing memo in the case of Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Papadopoulos has played a central role in the Russian Federation investigation since its beginning as an FBI counterintelligence probe in July 2016.

In his guilty plea, Papadopoulos admitted that he had lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during a February 2017 interview and misled them about interactions he had with Mifsud and his Russian contacts.

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