Mueller's team wants Papadopoulos to spend 6 months in jail

Clay Curtis
August 21, 2018

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.

"Mueller's sentencing memo says that Papadopoulos" crime was serious, and that his lies damaged the government's investigation.

"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", the memorandum says.

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Papadopoulos, who had served as a volunteer to the Trump team, traveled as an emissary from the campaign to foreign leaders in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Papadopoulos did, however, refer to the Russian dirt during a conversation he had in a London bar in May 2016 with the senior Australian diplomat in Britain.

It points out that Alex van der Zwaan, a London lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his phone calls and e-mails with a former Trump campaign aide, Richard Gates, was sentenced to 30 days in prison.

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According to his plea agreement, Papadopoulos admitted to lying about the timing of his contacts with a professor, Joseph Mifsud, in London.

Papadopoulos lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who questioned him about his connections to an unnamed professor and Russian nationals who claimed to have "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, the memo says. Mifsud had told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Mueller's sentencing memo also noted that although Papadopoulos "agreed to meet with the government to answer questions" before he pleaded guilty, he did not offer "substantial assistance" to the Russian Federation investigation.

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.

In response to Papadopoulos' repeated mentions of Russia's interest in a meeting, then Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort - facing trial in Mueller's probe on an 18-count indictment alleging bank and tax fraud for his earlier political work in Ukraine for pro-Russian interests - emailed his deputy, deputy Rick Gates, writing, "We need someone to communicate that [Trump] is not doing these trips".

According to that indictment, by April 2016, the Russian intelligence operatives had already stolen emails from several Democratic groups including the Clinton campaign and were beginning to plan how they were going to release the documents. 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. He exchanged emails with top officials during the campaign and presidential transition, including former top adviser Stephen Bannon and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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