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.