Prosecutors recommend short prison stay for Papadopoulos

Prosecutors recommend short prison stay for Papadopoulos

The former Trump campaign employee reached a plea agreement with Mueller's team past year and is set to be sentenced in September.

"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.

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

In the sentencing memorandum, Mueller said that the lies told by Papadopoulos were so damaging to the Russian Federation investigation that the former Trump adviser once dismissed by a top Trump aide as a "coffee boy", as Inquisitr reported, should spend up to six months in a federal penitentiary.

In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller and his team - which, according to Politico, made him the first to plead guilty in the Mueller investigation. But it doesn't specifically relate any details of an interview with the professor as it recounts what prosecutors say was a missed opportunity caused by Papadopoulos.

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The special counsel's office also said that Papadopoulos has failed to provide "substantial assistance", to their investigators - which might have warranted leniency - and that he participated in a media interview without its knowledge in December 2017, prompting prosecutors to cancel an interview where he was to answer further questions. Mueller's team said in their Friday filing that that early interview, part of a national security investigation, was "completely voluntary". "He lied repeatedly. and his lies were created to hide facts he knew were critical". They reminded Papadopoulos several times in that interview that he should not lie and could be prosecuted if he did, the filing said. He tried "to minimize the extent and importance of his communications" and lied about when they started - after he joined the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser.

The investigation into Papadopoulos was formally opened after Australian officials alerted the FBI to professor Joseph Mifsud's unusual interaction with him in London in July 2016.

"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. Mueller's filing suggests that Papadopoulos could get less than six months. He was questioned for several days and eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 received 30 days in prison.

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