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.
In the sentencing memorandum, Mueller said that the lies told by Papadopoulos were so damaging to the Russian Federation investigation that the former Trump adviser once dismissed by a top Trump aide as a "coffee boy", as Inquisitr reported, should spend up to six months in a federal penitentiary.
Mueller said the government believed a sentence of up to six months in prison was "appropriate and warranted" along with a fine of $9,500.
Mueller's memo recommended that Papadopoulos be imprisoned for up to six months; a judge is expected to issue a ruling on his sentence in early September. In July 2017, he was charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts during the campaign with a professor who had "substantial connections to Russian government officials", and accused of trying to hide his contacts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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"I don't what him to be the sacrificial lamb of a witch hunt, and there are many exculpatory [pieces of] evidence, shady people", Simona Papadopoulos told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday.
The professor is alleged to have told Mr Papdopoulos that the Russians possessed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails, before those emails became public.
The filing by the special counsel's office strongly suggests the FBI had contact with Professor Joseph Mifsud while he was in the USA during the early part of the investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates. "The White House immediately sought to distance itself from Papadopoulos". And Papadopoulos was also upset to learn that a Cambridge professor who hired him to write an energy paper in the fall of 2016 was a source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she said in June.
There were also specific details in the court filing about what damage Papadopoulos caused.
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The investigation into Papadopoulos was formally opened after Australian officials alerted the FBI to professor Joseph Mifsud's unusual interaction with him in London in July 2016.
During a meeting in spring 2016, shortly after he was named as an adviser to the Trump campaign, Papadopoulos was told by Mifsud that the Russians had thousands of incriminating emails about Clinton. Prof Mifsud, who is Maltese, has denied doing so.
Papadopoulos has played a central role in the Russian Federation investigation since its beginning as an FBI counterintelligence probe in July 2016.
It also says Papadopoulos "lied in order to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on January 27, 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made".
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