Mueller: Prison Time An Option For Former Trump Campaign Aide Papadopoulos

Aaron Brown
August 21, 2018

Prosecutors working for Mr Mueller filed court documents recommending a jail sentence for George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

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.

The news came to light after the government released the sentencing memo for George Papadopoulos, the then-aide, who faces up to six months in jail and a fine of nearly $10,000.

Now, Mueller has recommended that Papadopoulos see some time in prison.

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.

They included a London-based professor who said Russian Federation had "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The FBI would have arrested or at least questioned an elusive Maltese professor who claimed to know in April of 2016 that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the form of "thousands" of stolen emails, but the investigators missed the professor because George Papadopoulos lied to them repeatedly.

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She later explained that the couple reassessed his role after learning that his contacts with the London professor Joseph Mifsud led the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The only defendant to be sentenced is lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty to making false statements about his conversations with a former Trump campaign official.

"The defendant's false statements were meant to harm the investigation, and did so", the government's filing says. Papadopoulos went with the agents from his home to the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago to be interviewed for more than two hours, the filing said.

It also says Papadopoulos "lied in order to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on January 27, 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made".

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

Van der Zwaan was sentenced in April. And Papadopoulos was also upset to learn that a Cambridge professor who hired him to write an energy paper in the fall of 2016 was a source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she said in June.

Prosecutors also note investigators missed an opportunity to interview others about the professor's comments or anyone else at that time who might have known about Russian efforts to obtain derogatory information on Clinton during the campaign.

One of the big mysteries is who in the Trump campaign Papadopoulos may have told about the Russians allegedly possessing Clinton-related emails.

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