Mueller recommends 6-month sentence for Papadopoulos

21 August, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Simona Mangiante in Chicago

The FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation was set off by Papadopoulos, when he revealed during a night of drinking with an Australian diplomat in May, 2016, that the professor, Joseph Mifsud, had told him that Russian Federation had the hacked emails three weeks earlier, according to reporting by the New York Times.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday recommended a prison sentence of zero to six months for the former Trump adviser who pled guilty to lying to investigators about his interactions with individuals alleged to have ties to the Russian government during his time working for the campaign.

Prosecutors did not make a specific recommendation but said a sentence within the guideline range of up to six months imprisonment was "appropriate and warranted".

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.

Mueller wrote in the filing that Papadopoulos chose to lie to federal investigators during a voluntary interview and that he "was expressly warned that it is a crime to lie to federal investigators".

In a signed plea agreement October 5, Papadopoulos, 31, and prosecutors agreed he faced zero to six months under federal guidelines if he cooperated, committed no further crimes and had no other criminal history.

"I don't what him to be the sacrificial lamb of a witch hunt, and there are many exculpatory [pieces of] evidence, shady people", Simona Papadopoulos told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday.

He has also indicted 12 Russian intelligence operatives, accusing them of hacking into the computer systems of Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and then releasing tens of thousands of private emails through WikiLeaks.


He had also triggered the initial counterintelligence probe into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election by revealing to an Australian diplomat, during a night of heavy drinking at a London bar in May 2016, that Russian Federation had political dirt on Clinton.

George "Coffee Boy" Papadopoulos in London.

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. Trump himself tweeted. calling Papadopoulos a "young, low level volunteer named George.'".

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

In a March 31, 2016, meeting of the advisory board attended by Trump and then-Sen.

Mifsud also introduced Papadopoulos to two Russian contacts - a woman and a man who had connections with the Russian Foreign Ministry, court documents show. The Australians passed the information to the United States and, in July 2016, the FBI opened its investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal".

"Had the defendant told the Federal Bureau of Investigation the truth when he was interviewed in January 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation could have quickly taken numerous investigative steps to help determine, for example, how and where the Professor obtained the information, why the Professor provided the information to the defendant, and what the defendant did with the information after receiving it", the filing said.

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