Mueller Wants Papadopoulos to Go to Jail, Says He Harmed Russia Investigation

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Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing on Friday that former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos be sentenced to a maximum of six months in prison.

That's despite the fact prosecutors said Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" after his guilty plea.

"The defendant 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", the memorandum said.

The sentencing memorandum also reveals Papadopoulos said he received roughly $10,000 in cash "from a foreign national whom he believed was likely an intelligence officer of a foreign country (other than Russia)".

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The case revolves around Trump's campaign advisor George Papadopolous, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the timing of his contact with Joseph Mifsud - a Maltese professor who had told him Russian Federation had "dirt" on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including thousands of her emails.

The court filing Friday states that Mueller's team is "aware that the defendant and his spouse have participated in several additional media interviews concerning his case". The campaign aide, who the Trump team has tried to characterize as nothing more than a "coffee boy", had "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".

One of the Russian contacts that Papadopoulos misled investigators about communicating with was Joseph Mifsud, a Kremlin-linked professor in London who allegedly reached out to Papadopoulos on behalf of Russia.

The Maltese professor who gained global notoriety as the person who allegedly connected Trump's campaign with the Russians to destroy rival contestant Hillary Clinton may have escaped the United States and thus an FBI investigation due to lies told by Trump's ex aide.

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