Ex-Trump aide faces up to six months’ jail

George Papadopoulos is the first person to plead guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Donald Trump's presidential campaign

Ex-Trump aide faces up to six months’ jail

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. That is the scenario spelled out by Russian Federation investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a sentencing memorandum for Papadopoulos filed Friday in a Washington D.C. federal court.

Papadopoulos - a Chicago-based worldwide energy lawyer - is one of three ex-Trump campaign officials who have admitted lying to investigators, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and businessman Richard Gates, who served as deputy campaign chairman.

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.

The document, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Friday revealed several new details about the early days of the probe and charged that Papadopoulos caused irreparable damage to the investigation by repeatedly giving false information during a January 2017 interview. Papadopoulos went with the agents from his home to the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Chicago to be interviewed for more than two hours, the filing said.

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Papadopoulos was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

Thomas Breen and Robert Stanley, lawyers for Papadopoulos, said in a statement that they were "not able to comment on the government's sentencing submission at this time".

But Papadopoulos knew he had a role in the campaign when he started conversing with Mifsud in March 2016 - and the professor "showed interest in the defendant only after learning of his role on the campaign", the filing said. However, Mueller agreed to tell the judge about Papadopoulos' efforts to cooperate - or lack thereof.

She later explained that the couple reassessed his role after learning that his contacts with the London professor Joseph Mifsud led the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. 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. However, the sentencing memorandum states "much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history, and other information".

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

To make matters worse for Papadopoulos, the prosecutors say he has not provided significant help in their investigation.

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

Previous reports indicate Papadopoulos popped on federal agents' radar after bragging in an upscale bar in London in May 2016 that he had been told Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Hillary Clinton.

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