A former Trump campaign adviser should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the FBI during the Russian Federation probe, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday that also revealed several new details about the early days of the investigation.
Papadopoulos, who is one of the 32 people charged with crimes by the Mueller investigation thus far, signed no formal cooperation agreement as part of his plea agreement, but prosecutors had said that they would not seek the maximum possible sentence of five years, opting for zero to six months instead.
Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, pleaded guilty in October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with individuals closely associated with the Russian government during the campaign. Mueller's team claimed on Friday that those lies "undermined investigators' ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States", noting that "the Professor" left the USA a few weeks after Papadopoulos's first voluntary interview, and hasn't returned since.
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.
"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 memo said.
According to his plea agreement, Papadopoulos admitted to lying about the timing of his contacts with a professor, Joseph Mifsud, in London.
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The Australians said Papadopoulos told one of their diplomats that he had been informed by Mifsud that the Russians had damaging material about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
"The defendant's false statements were meant to harm the investigation, and did so", the government's filing says. 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.
Not only has Mifsud made no known trips to the United States since February of 2017, as the Inquisitr reported earlier, he has simply disappeared and his whereabouts remain unknown, even to a woman saying that she was his fiancee. Papadopoulos learned about the "dirt" the Russians had on Clinton the following month, after he began working for Trump, the filing said.
It also reveals Federal Bureau of Investigation agents first interviewed Papadopoulos at the Chicago field office on January 27, 2017.
Separately, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort faces charges of bank and tax fraud in the first trial stemming from the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling.
Papadopoulos' wife, Simona, however, still maintains her husband is innocent despite his guilty plea. In April, a judge sentenced him to 30 days in prison.