Accusing Trump Adviser of Repeatedly Lying to Investigators, Mueller Asks for Jail Time
The special counsel investigating Russian interference from the 2016 presidential election has told a judge in which a former adviser to the Trump campaign repeatedly lied about his contacts with Russian operatives along with “caused damage” to the government’s inquiry.
In a document filed Friday evening, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, said in which the former adviser, George Papadopoulos, misled investigators about the “timing, extent along with nature” of the meetings. During one of them, Mr. Papadopoulos was told in which Russia had damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the form of “thousands of emails.”
The memo said in which Mr. Papadopoulos’s attempts to mislead the F.B.I. had a significant effect on the open investigation into whether President Trump or his advisers coordinated with Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
“The defendant lied in order to conceal his contacts with Russians along with Russian intermediaries during the campaign,” the memo said. the item happened early from the investigation “when key investigative decisions, including who to interview along with when, were being made.”
In particular, the document said in which during a January 2017 interview with the F.B.I., Mr. Papadopoulos misled agents about his conversations with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor who investigators believe reached out to Mr. Papadopoulos on behalf of the Russian government.
“The defendant’s lies undermined investigators’ ability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still from the United States,” the memo said. “The government understands in which the professor left the United States on Feb. 11, 2017, along with he has not returned to the United States since then.”
Mr. Mueller’s memo recommended in which Mr. Papadopoulos be imprisoned for up to six months; a judge is actually required to issue a ruling on his sentence in early September. Thomas M. Breen along with Robert W. Stanley, lawyers for Mr. Papadopoulos, said in a statement in which they were not able to comment on the government’s sentencing submission at This specific time.”
During a meeting in spring 2016, shortly after he was named as an adviser to the Trump campaign, Mr. Papadopoulos was told by Professor Mifsud in which the Russians had thousands of incriminating emails about Mrs. Clinton. the item has long been a mystery whether Mr. Papadopoulos told anyone inside the Trump campaign about the Russian dirt, along with the document filed Friday does not answer the question.
Mr. Papadopoulos did, however, make reference to the Russian dirt during a conversation he had in a London bar in May 2016 with the senior Australian diplomat in Britain. The Australians passed the information to the United States along with, in July 2016, the F.B.I. opened its investigation into links between the Trump campaign along with Russia.
Mr. Papadopoulos was arrested in July 2017 after he arrived from the United States coming from a vacation in Europe. He was questioned for several days along with eventually pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I.
Mr. Mueller’s memo said Mr. Papadopoulos did not provide “substantial assistance” to the investigation, along with in which “much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history along with some other information the item had obtained via search warrants along with subpoenas.”
Thirty-two people have been charged by Mr. Mueller’s office since the item took over the investigation in May 2017. The only defendant to be sentenced so far is actually the lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty to creating false statements about his conversations which has a former Trump campaign official. In April, a judge sentenced him to 30 days in prison.
Mr. Mueller’s office has not yet filed a sentencing memo from the case of Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. He pleaded guilty in December to creating false statements to investigators about his contacts with the Russian ambassador along with agreed to cooperate with the authorities.
Mr. Flynn was scheduled to be sentenced This specific year, although in which has been delayed, suggesting in which he is actually still cooperating with the government.