George Papadopoulos- Six Months in Prison
It feels like eons ago that we heard of for the first time of George Papadopoulos. Early on, President Trump’s administration tried to downplay Papadopoulos’ role even being called at one time “the coffee boy.” However, Papadopoulos served as an adviser on a foreign policy panel.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be hearing more of him, especially since Paul Manafort’s case is about to be decided by the jury.
On September 7, Papadopouloss is scheduled to be sentenced on his guilty plea of lying to FBI agents that were investigating collusion with Russia.
Robert Mueller’s team is requesting up to six months in prison, which at first, seems excessive considering he was the first one to cooperate. However, there is more to the story.
In their court filing, Mueller’s team stated that Papadopoulos lied at least a half dozen times during his questioning.
In addition, he sought to cause damage to Mueller’s investigation. Think about that. Why is everyone involved working so hard to end, disrupt, and/or obstruct the Russia investigation instead of helping it along to finalize it?
Trust me when I say that Mueller is going to undercover a massive conspiracy with more people involved than we originally imagined.
Papadopoulos oddly enough did not have a formal cooperation agreement with Mueller. Why? Because his actions were probably so egregious that prosecutors probably determined him not trustworthy enough to cooperate fully, and thus, he was only promised that they would not seek the maximum penalty of five years.
“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.”
Mueller went on to say that Papadopoulos “lied in order to conceal his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on Jan. 27, 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made.”
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But, even worse, Papadopoulos’ lies may have prevented the arrest of his Russian contact Joseph Mifsud, a Kremlin-linked professor who was able to leave the United States without being questioned by Mueller.
“The defendant‘s lies undermined investigators‘ ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States. The government understands that the Professor left the United States on February 11, 2017 and he has not returned to the United States since then.”
Imagine what further information Mueller could have obtained if Papadopoulos had complied fully from the beginning, especially with a player like Mifsud.
“His lies negatively affected the FBI’s Russia investigation, and prevented the FBI from effectively identifying and confronting witnesses in a timely fashion. His lies were not momentary lapses. He lied repeatedly over the course of more than two hours, and his lies were designed to conceal facts he knew were critical.”
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
This post has been updated to correctly spell George Papadopoulos’ name.