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Mueller recommends up to 6 months in prison for useless Papadopoulos for harming his probe

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked a judge to sentence former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos up to six months in prison.

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Mueller told the judge that the former Trump campaign staffer, who pleaded guilty last October of lying to investigators about his Russian connections, “caused damage” to the government’s probe, according to a court filing on Friday, The New York Times reported.

“The defendant lied in order to conceal his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign,” the court filing read, noting that this happened early on in the investigation “when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made.”

Mueller argued that the prison sentence is “appropriate and warranted.”

“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,” he said in the filing.

The special counsel also argued that Papadopoulos “undermined” attempts to interview a key witness.

“The defendant did not provide ‘substantial assistance,'” the filing read.

Papadopoulos, a Chicago-based international energy lawyer, was arrested in July 2017 and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 7.

Frieda Powers


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