Ex-Trump aide faces up to six months’ jail

Mueller recommends 6-month sentence for Papadopoulos

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.

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.

Those lies, they said, resulted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation missing an opportunity to properly question a professor Papadopoulos was in contact with during the campaign who told him that the Russians possessed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails.

Russia Investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller says in a court document that George Papadopoulos lied repeatedly to the FBI, seriously impeding the Trump-Russia investigation.

"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 it had obtained via search warrants and subpoenas well after the defendant's FBI interview as the government continued its investigation", prosecutors said in the filing.

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. "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 sentencing memorandum stated, according to Bloomberg News. "The defendant's false statements were meant to harm the investigation, and did so". They reminded Papadopoulos several times in that interview that he should not lie and could be prosecuted if he did, the filing said.

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But Papadopoulos knew he had a role in the campaign when he started conversing with Mifsud in March 2016 - and the professor "showed interest in the defendant only after learning of his role on the campaign", 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. It has always been a mystery whether Papadopoulos told anyone inside the Trump campaign about the Russian dirt, and the document filed Friday does not answer the question.

It says he was warned about the seriousness of the investigation and that he might have important information to provide.

Mueller's recommendation is relatively short, as the former Trump campaign aide faces up to five years in jail for his crimes.

Papadopoulos's wife, Simona Mangiante, is urging her husband to break off the plea deal and stop cooperating with Mueller.

Another defendant, Alex van der Zwaan, also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

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