Apparently, somebody wasn’t quite as cooperative as we were led to believe.
Courtesy of CNN:
Federal authorities had cornered the man they suspected could be part of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and they might have been more successful in their investigation in early 2017 if it had not been for George Papadopoulos, the special counsel alleged on Friday.
Special counsel prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison, according to a court filing on Friday. The former Trump campaign staffer pleaded guilty last October to one count of lying to investigators over his interactions about the Trump campaign with foreign contacts who had connections to Russia.
Papadopoulos lied to the FBI in January 2017 about his contact in London with Joseph Mifsud, identified in the filing as “the Professor.” Mifsud had told Papadopoulos the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Federal authorities then found Mifsud in DC two weeks later, but allowed him to leave the country.
“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,” prosecutors wrote. “The defendant’s false statements were intended to harm the investigation, and did so.”
Mifsud was not named in the court filing Friday night, but CNN learned the name of the mysterious “Professor” after Papadopoulos’ guilty plea became public last year. Mifsud, who “has not returned to the United States” since February 2017, has not been publicly charged with a crime.
The first interview with Papadopoulos occurred before there was a Special Counsel named, but he was still expected to tell the truth or face possible jail time.
But he did not seem to tell the entire truth even during follow up interviews.
Mueller filing makes Papadopoulos sound pretty useless / unhelpful to investigators. “The defendant did not provide ‘substantial assistance.'” pic.twitter.com/iK7qpLicQU
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) August 18, 2018
So now Papadopoulos could face some serious federal prison time.
Well, six months of it at least.
And his new wife seems to be volunteering him for even more.
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) August 16, 2018
Yeah, if Papadopoulos scraps his plea deal that means EVERYTHING is admissible, and he could get sent away for a decade or more.
Why do I get the feeling that somebody connected to the Trump White House is talking to Mrs. Papadopoulos?