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9:13, 18 August 2018

George Papadopoulos: Mueller proposes sentence for ex-Trump aide

George Papadopoulos: Mueller proposes sentence for ex-Trump aide

George Papadopoulos: Mueller proposes sentence for ex-Trump aide

US particular counsel Robert Mueller has recommended a prison sentence of up to six months for former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos.

Mr Mueller, head of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, mentioned such a sentence was “warranted and suitable”.

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

Sentencing is due to take location on 7 September.

“The government does not take a position with respect to a distinct sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration inside the applicable recommendations variety of zero to six months imprisonment is proper and warranted,” Mr Mueller’s memorandum to the judge in the case says.

The memorandum adds that Mr Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about his contacts with alleged Russian go-betweens.

They incorporated a London-based professor who stated Russia had “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“The defendant’s lies undermined investigators’ capability to challenge the professor or potentially detain or arrest him whilst he was nonetheless in the United States,” the memorandum says.

“The defendant’s false statements have been intended to harm the investigation, and did so.”

Crucial background

Mr Papadopoulos – a Chicago-based international energy lawyer – is one particular of three ex-Trump campaign officials who have admitted lying to investigators, such as former National Safety Adviser Michael Flynn and businessman Richard Gates, who served as deputy campaign chairman.

Separately, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort faces charges of bank and tax fraud in the very first trial stemming from the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling. He denies any wrongdoing.

  • Manafort: The man who helped Trump win

Prosecutors say the 69-year-old dodged taxes on millions of dollars he created lobbying for Ukrainian politicians.

Members of the jury are now deciding their verdict – with their identities protected more than security issues soon after the judge in the case admitted he had received threats himself.

If found guilty on the fraud charges, Mr Manafort could spend the rest of his life in jail.

The allegations against him are not linked to Mr Trump and centre on his consultancy function with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

Published at Sat, 18 Aug 2018 07:05:48 +0000

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