"The defendant's crime was serious and caused damage to the government's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election", Mueller added. Mueller wrote in Friday's filing that Papadopoulos "was explicitly notified of the seriousness of the ongoing investigation", and warned by the special counsel's prosecutors "that lying to investigators was a "federal offense" that could get him "in trouble", Politico reported.
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"The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration, within the applicable guidelines range of 0 to 6 months' imprisonment, is appropriate and warranted". Papadopoulos is set to be sentenced on September 7.
It also reveals Federal Bureau of Investigation agents first interviewed Papadopoulos at the Chicago field office on January 27, 2017. He received 30 days in prison.
According to his plea agreement, Papadopoulos admitted to lying about the timing of his contacts with a professor, Joseph Mifsud, in London.
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. "He lied repeatedly. and his lies were created to hide facts he knew were critical". That same month, according to court papers, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had met with senior Russian government officials in Moscow and had learned that they had "dirt" on Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails". "The defendant's false statements were meant to harm the investigation, and did so".
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The sentence will be up to a judge in the case.
The FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation was set off by Papadopoulos, when he revealed during a night of drinking with an Australian diplomat in May, 2016, that the professor, Joseph Mifsud, had told him that Russian Federation had the hacked emails three weeks earlier, according to reporting by the New York Times.
Papadopoulos's legal team will file their own sentencing assessment to the court in two weeks, and is expected to ask for probation.
Van der Zwaan was sentenced in April. It has always been a mystery whether Papadopoulos told anyone inside the Trump campaign about the Russian dirt, and the document filed Friday does not answer the question.
The filing suggests Papadopoulos hampered the FBI's ability to figure that out.
Prosecutors note that investigators also 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.