Mueller Wants Six Month Sentence For Papadopoulos

Reuters reports:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing late on Friday that a judge sentence former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison for lying to federal agents investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to FBI agents and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 7.

According to Mueller’s sentencing memorandum to the judge, Papadopoulos lied about his contacts with people who claimed to have ties to top Russian officials, including his meeting with a professor who said Russia had “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Business Insider reports:

George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser on President Donald Trump’s campaign, struck a plea deal with the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office last October, when he admitted to one count of lying to the FBI.

Now, his wife, Simona Mangiante, is pulling out all the stops to scrap the plea deal just three weeks before her husband is scheduled to be sentenced.

In particular, Mangiante took to Twitter calling for a pro bono lawyer to represent her husband in the effort. Papadopoulos has largely remained silent, with the exception of a tweet Friday night saying he was looking forward to celebrating his birthday over the weekend with his “beautiful and supporting wife.”