U.S. special counsel recommends six months in prison for Papadopoulos
Aug 21, 2018, 00:58
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.
Prosecutors said the interview began with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents telling Papadopoulos "the only thing we ask from you is that you're truthful with us. and the only way you're getting in trouble today is if you do lie to us".
In a document filed late Friday, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, said the former adviser, George Papadopoulos, misled investigators about the "timing, extent and nature" of the meetings. However, the sentencing memorandum states "much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history, and other information". "The government understands that the professor left the United States on February 11, 2017, and he has not returned to the United States since then".
The former private secretary of PN foreign minister Michael Frendo, Joseph Mifsud had been named by the Washington Post as the link between the campaign team of United States president Donald Trump and the Russian government.
Papadopoulos reportedly bragged about that offer to an Australian diplomat, who then tipped off the FBI and launched that agency's counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Muller also told the judge that Papadopoulos had not fully cooperated with prosecutors.
The reviews from the Mueller team were not good. It was in that conversation prosecutors said "he proceeded to answer questions, and to lie, for more than two hours". Papadopoulos said wrongly several times he had communicated with Mifsud before he joined the Trump campaign.
Papadopoulos did, however, refer to the Russian dirt during a conversation he had in a London bar in May 2016 with the senior Australian diplomat in Britain.
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.
Since then, Mueller has returned two sweeping indictments that detail a multi-faceted Russian campaign to undermine the US presidential election in an attempt to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help Trump.
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To make matters worse for Papadopoulos, the prosecutors say he has not provided significant help in their investigation.
Mueller's recommendation is relatively short, as the former Trump campaign aide faces up to five years in jail for his crimes.
Another defendant, Alex van der Zwaan, also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.
Papadopoulos's wife, Simona Mangiante, is urging her husband to break off the plea deal and stop cooperating with Mueller. In April, a judge sentenced him to 30 days in prison.
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