On Friday evening, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted a sentencing memo for former Trump campaign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, recommending “0 to 6 months’ imprisonment, and a $9,500 fine.” “The defendant knew the questions he was asked by the FBI were important, and he knew his answers were false at the time he gave them. His lies negatively affected the FBI’s Russia investigation, and prevented the FBI from effectively identifying and confronting witnesses in a timely fashion,” the memo says. “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: the importance of the information he received from the Professor, and his own communications and contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the Trump campaign.” The memo outlines how Papadopoulos lied about how he met a professor who connected him to a Russian woman and a “Russian national connected to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” Papadopoulos also concealed how the professor told him how the Russians had “thousands of emails” and ”dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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