Mueller team seeks jail sentence for Papadopoulos
A Friday court filing by Robert Mueller has recommended up to six months of jail time for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
Prosecutors argue that Papadopoulos “did not provide substantial assistance” to the Russian investigation.
“The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration, within the applicable Guidelines range of 0 to 6 months’ imprisonment, is appropriate and warranted,”
The filings continued stating
“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,”
After the release of Papadopoulos’ plea agreement, prosecutors said they would pursue a lighter sentence as opposed to the five year statutory maximum they could have recommended.
Mueller stated that Papadopoulos had lied about meeting with a suspected Russian agent referred to as “the professor”. The allegation is that the suspected agent told Papadopoulos that he had “thousands of emails” that could be used as “dirt” against Hillary Clinton.
The filings continue stating that Papadopoulos failed to notify the government about a phone he used to communicate with “the professor”, who the Mueller team state introduced Papadopoulos to a Russian national connected to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Papadopoulos eventually made the existence of the phone known during his final proffer session, and that “upon request, the defendant provided that phone to the government and consented to the search of that device.” and would later plead guilty to making a false statement in regards to the phone.
The Mueller team laid into Papadopoulos stating in the report that
“the crime was serious and caused damage to the government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
It also says Papadopoulos “lied in order to conceal his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on Jan. 27, 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made.”