Mueller Wants Up To 6 Months In Prison For Ex-Trump Aide

Mueller Wants Up To 6 Months In Prison For Ex-Trump Aide

Kerry Wise
August 21, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing late on Friday that a judge sentence former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison for lying to federal agents investigating whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.

While saying the government can not know what motivated Papadopoulos to lie, Mueller's office wrote in the sentencing memo that he was seeking a high-level position in the new administration's National Security Council or the State or Energy departments.

The former Trump campaign staffer pleaded guilty last October to one count of lying to investigators over his interactions about the Trump campaign with foreign contacts who had connections to Russian Federation.

Papadopoulos lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who questioned him about his connections to an unnamed professor and Russian nationals who claimed to have "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, the memo says.

The document, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Friday revealed several new details about the early days of the probe and charged that Papadopoulos caused irreparable damage to the investigation by repeatedly giving false information during a January 2017 interview.

Papadopoulos' initial interview with federal investigators in late January 2017 was months before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.

The professor told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails" that they had procured, according to the court documents.

"The defendant's lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States", prosecutors wrote.

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"The defendant's false statements were meant to harm the investigation, and did so", the government's filing says.

Not only has Mifsud made no known trips to the United States since February of 2017, as the Inquisitr reported earlier, he has simply disappeared and his whereabouts remain unknown, even to a woman saying that she was his fiancee.

Papadopoulos was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

But Papadopoulos knew he had a role in the campaign when he started conversing with Mifsud in March 2016 - and the professor "showed interest in the defendant only after learning of his role on the campaign", the filing said. It has always been a mystery whether Papadopoulos told anyone inside the Trump campaign about the Russian dirt, and the document filed Friday does not answer the question.

To make matters worse for Papadopoulos, the prosecutors say he has not provided significant help in their investigation.

Separately, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort faces charges of bank and tax fraud in the first trial stemming from the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling.

Papadopoulos's wife, Simona Mangiante, is urging her husband to break off the plea deal and stop cooperating with Mueller.

When Papadopoulos' plea agreement and criminal information were released last year, prosecutors said they would use a combination of factors to ask the judge for a sentence of zero to six months instead of the statutory maximum of five years.