Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing on Friday that a judge sentence former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison for lying to federal agents investigating whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Those lies, they said, resulted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation missing an opportunity to properly question a professor Papadopoulos had met during the campaign who had tipped him that the Russians had "dirt" on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller said US President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the Russian Federation probe.
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.
The FBI would have arrested or at least questioned an elusive Maltese professor who claimed to know in April of 2016 that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the form of "thousands" of stolen emails, but the investigators missed the professor because George Papadopoulos lied to them repeatedly.
The government alleges Papadopoulos' duplicity hindered investigators' ability to interview key players, including a professor who may have been an intermediary for the Russian government.
Papadopoulos was also the first Trump campaign adviser to plead guilty in Mueller's investigation.
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Prosecutors also note investigators missed an opportunity to interview others about the professor's comments or anyone else at that time who might have known about Russian efforts to obtain derogatory information on Clinton during the campaign.
"The defendant's crime was serious and caused damage to the government's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election", according to the memo signed by Mueller. During one of them, Papadopoulos was told that Russian Federation had damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". Papadopoulos said wrongly several times he had communicated with Mifsud before he joined the Trump campaign.
"The defendant lied in order to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign", the memo said.
But Papadopoulos, according to Mueller, repeatedly denied that he interacted with the professor before to joining the campaign team.
He had also triggered the initial counterintelligence probe into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election by revealing to an Australian diplomat, during a night of heavy drinking at a London bar in May 2016, that Russian Federation had political dirt on Clinton.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty October 5 to one count of making false statements.
Thirty-two people have been charged by Mueller's office since it took over the investigation in May 2017.