Mueller recommends 6-month sentence for Papadopoulos

Prosecutors say George Papadopoulos lied to FBI about contacts with a professor who tipped him that Russia had 'dirt' on Hillary Clinton

Muller also told the judge that Papadopoulos had not fully cooperated with prosecutors.

The filing recommends that Papadopoulos spend at least some time in jail and pay a almost $10,000 fine.

The recommended sentence of zero to six months matches what Mueller's team already agreed to suggest to the judge in this case.

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, could face up to six months months in prison, under Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sentencing recommendation.

Prosecutors say Papadopoulos lied repeatedly to FBI agents about his contacts during the 2016 presidential with Russians and Russian intermediaries, and his conduct damaged the investigation.

Mr Papadopoulos has admitted lying about his contacts with Russians while a member of the Trump campaign team.

In the memo, the USA government claims that Papadopoulos' lies and obstruction helped Joseph Mifsud escape the country without being detained.

According to prosecutors, the Federal Bureau of Investigation "located" the professor in Washington about two weeks after the Papadopoulos' interview and that his lies "substantially hindered investigators' ability to effectively question" him. But it doesn't specifically relate any details of an interview with the professor as it recounts what prosecutors say was a missed opportunity caused by Papadopoulos. 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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Prosecutors also detail a series of hard interviews with Papadopoulos after he was arrested in July 2017, saying he didn't provide "substantial assistance" to the investigation.

Back in December, in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, she had described her spouse as the "John Dean" of the Russian Federation probe, a reference to the Watergate-era former White House counsel who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and became a key witness against President Richard Nixon and his aides.

The filing recommends that Papadopoulos spend at least some time incarcerated and pay a almost $10,000 fine.

Another defendant, Alex van der Zwaan, also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

In response to Papadopoulos' repeated mentions of Russia's interest in a meeting, then Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort - facing trial in Mueller's probe on an 18-count indictment alleging bank and tax fraud for his earlier political work in Ukraine for pro-Russian interests - emailed his deputy, deputy Rick Gates, writing, "We need someone to communicate that [Trump] is not doing these trips".

The diplomat passed along the information to USA officials, setting the investigation into motion. That probe was later take over by Mueller. Papadopoulos said wrongly several times he had communicated with Mifsud before he joined the Trump campaign. Papadopoulos learned about the "dirt" the Russians had on Clinton the following month, after he began working for Trump, the filing said.

Thirteen Russian nationals and three companies are charged with participating in a conspiracy to sow discord in the USA political system primarily by manipulating social media platforms.

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