Short sentence recommended for former Trump campaign adviser

Simona Mangiante in Chicago

United States should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE has recommended that former Trump campaign staffer George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosPapadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report Fox News host hits Giuliani: Dossier isn't why Mueller probe was started Omarosa claims Trump knew about hacked emails prior to WikiLeaks release MORE be sentenced to zero to six months in prison and face a fine of $9,500. Last October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his contacts with Russian operatives during the Trump campaign - including at least one meeting where he was offered thousands of emails meant to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The prosecutors disclosed that George Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential race, caused irreparable damage to the investigation because he lied repeatedly during a January 2017 interview.

In the court filing, Mueller wrote that Papadopoulos' "lies negatively affected the FBI's Russian Federation investigation" and his "lies were not momentarily lapses".

Prosecutors note that investigators also missed an opportunity to interview others about Mifsud's comments or anyone else who might have known about Russian efforts to obtain derogatory information on Clinton during the campaign.

Mueller also said Papadopoulos avoided until the last moment telling prosecutors about a cell phone he used in London that had "substantial communications" on it between he and the professor who claimed to know about Russian information on Clinton.

Papadopoulos's wife, Simona Mangiante, is urging her husband to break off the plea deal and stop cooperating with Mueller.

The filing recommends Papadopoulos spend at least some time incarcerated and pay a fine of almost $10,000. His recommended sentence under federal guidelines is zero to six months, but prosecutors note a similar defendant in the case spent 30 days in jail.

With the intent of harming the investigation, Papadopoulos "repeatedly lied throughout the interview in order to hide the timing and significance of information the defendant had received regarding the Russians possessing "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, as well as his own outreach to Russia on behalf of the campaign", they explained. The operation was taken over by Mueller.

The Maltese professor who gained worldwide 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.

Since then, Mueller has returned two sweeping indictments that detail a multi-faceted Russian campaign to undermine the U.S. presidential election in an attempt to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help Trump.

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.

When the emails began appearing publicly two months later, the envoy, Alexander Downer, told USA diplomats about what Papadopoulos had said, according to US officials familiar with the events.

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