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.”
Thanks @dbongino to expose the truth. I did my best to make it clear, also to the Congress, that mifsud is most likely a Western intelligence asset. I Wish a lawyer will offer assistance to George pro bono, in the country s interest ! https://t.co/s2BxQTpmRE
— Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos (@simonamangiante) August 15, 2018
If interested write to: [email protected]
— Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos (@simonamangiante) August 16, 2018
I feel revolted seeing an innocent pleading guilty while all evidences smell #entrapment . The truth has no agenda. Disappointed by people who prioritise their hate for the president over their love for justice.
— Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos (@simonamangiante) August 17, 2018
MUELLER took the unusual step of calling out Papadopoulos’ wife, @simonamangiante — who isn’t accused of any wrongdoing — in his sentencing brief, for her statements to media. pic.twitter.com/wqM2Pc74fs
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 18, 2018
I thought freedom of speech was a fundamental right. https://t.co/e1NoWWcXWb
— Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos (@simonamangiante) August 18, 2018