WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller are recommending a short prison sentence for a former Trump campaign adviser who lied to the FBI during the Russia probe.
Mueller's team says in a new court filing that George Papadopoulos should spend at least some time incarcerated and pay a nearly $10,000 fine. His recommended sentence under federal guidelines is zero to six months, but prosecutors note a similar defendant in the case spent 30 days in jail.
Wow! - Special counsel says they may have been more successful in their national security investigation in early 2017 if it had not been for George Papadopoulos.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 18, 2018
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.
They also say he didn't provide "substantial assistance" to the investigation after he was arrested.
New: Mueller is recommending up to six months in jail for George Papadopoulos; new court filing says he did not offer substantial assistance to the investigation; says his media interviews led them to cancel a session to question him.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) August 18, 2018