Robert Mueller Recommends Prison Sentence for Papadopoulos

Trump says Don Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

Mueller did "not take a position with respect to a particular sentence" for Papadopoulos but recommended incarceration within the zero-to-six-month guidelines, according to a sentencing memo filed Friday.

Now, his wife, Simona Mangiante, is pulling out all the stops to scrap the plea deal just three weeks before her husband is scheduled to be sentenced. "He is already on the right side of history". After appearing before Democratic members of the House intelligence committee earlier this summer, she said that Papadopoulos has come to believe the professor may have been working for Western intelligence agencies and set him up.

In the memo, the United States government claims that Papadopoulos' lies and obstruction helped Joseph Mifsud escape the country without being detained. They reminded Papadopoulos several times in that interview that he should not lie and could be prosecuted if he did, the filing said.

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

The filing of the sentencing recommendation by prosecutors could suggest they no longer need assistance from the young oil and gas consultant.


Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last October to one count of making false statements, admitting in court papers that he lied about the nature of his interactions with "foreign nationals" he thought had close connections to senior Russian government officials.

George "Coffee Boy" Papadopoulos in London. That same month, according to court papers, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had met with senior Russian government officials in Moscow and had learned that they had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". But internal campaign emails described to The Post show Papadopoulos kept top campaign staffers apprised of his activities. Jeff Sessions, Papadopoulos announced that he could arrange a meeting for Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mifsud told Papadopoulos in April 2016 about the damaging emails, indicating that he had been told about the documents while attending a recent conference in Russian Federation, according to court documents.

Mifsud was scheduled to appear in an Italian court on July 11, 2018, in a criminal case unrelated to the Russian Federation investigation, but according to the Malta Independent, the Maltese academic failed to show up there as well, leading Italian prosecutors to describe him as "a ghost".

Papadopoulos has played a central role in the Russian Federation investigation since its beginning as an FBI counterintelligence probe in July 2016. "It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal".

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".

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