Mueller Wants Papadopoulos to Go to Jail, Says He Harmed Russia Investigation

Lester Mason
August 18, 2018

The case revolves around Trump's campaign advisor George Papadopolous, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of his contact with Joseph Mifsud - a Maltese professor who had told him Russian Federation had "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including thousands of her emails.

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

The prosecutors disclosed that Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during the 2016 election, caused irreparable damage to the investigation because he lied repeatedly in an interview in January 2017. They also agreed to inform the judge of any cooperation he did provide, but it sounds like they weren't very impressed on that front, and even pointed out that Papadopoulos' wife, Simona Mangiante, had subsequently inflated the significance of his assistance in media interviews.

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 alleges Papadopoulos' duplicity hindered investigators' ability to interview key players, including a professor who may have been an intermediary for the Russian government.

Mueller's team says in a new court filing that George Papadopoulos should spend at least some time incarcerated and pay a almost $10,000 fine.

Papadopoulos, who is one of the 32 people charged with crimes by the Mueller investigation thus far, signed no formal cooperation agreement as part of his plea agreement, but prosecutors had said that they would not seek the maximum possible sentence of five years, opting for zero to six months instead. That probe was later take over by Mueller.

Papadopoulos was the first Trump adviser to plead guilty in Mueller's investigation.

Thirteen Russian nationals and three companies are charged with participating in a conspiracy to sow discord in the United States political system primarily by manipulating social media platforms.

According to that indictment, by April 2016, the Russian intelligence operatives had already stolen emails from several Democratic groups including the Clinton campaign and were beginning to plan how they were going to release the documents.

Previous reports indicate Papadopoulos popped on federal agents' radar after bragging in an upscale bar in London in May 2016 that he had been told Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Hillary Clinton.

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