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UK Professor Mifsud who linked Trump campaign with Russia dead

UK Professor Mifsud who linked Trump campaign with Russia dead

The special counsel's office prosecutors want a more substantial sentence and have asked the judge for up to six months of prison time, which would fall within the court's guidelines for his crime.

Trump criticized the investigation and the Justice Department on the day he was inaugurated, Breen told Moss. Papadopoulos told CNN in a late Friday interview that Trump "gave me a sort of a nod" and "wasn't committed either way" at that meeting - but that Sessions "was actually enthusiastic" about a Trump-Putin gathering.

PAPADOPOULOS' attorney said Trump's efforts dwarfed his client's actions. Told the campaign's priority was to improve relations with Russian Federation, within weeks Papadopoulos made contact with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who touted links to the Kremlin. Lawyers for Papadopoulos had requested probation, saying he lied not to impede investigation but "to preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master". "Judge Randy Moss emphasized that there's "no reason to think the Federal Bureau of Investigation bamboozled" Papadopoulos, and he said his lies were not meant to boost Russian Federation but to serve his own self-interest of getting a job in the Trump White House". Papadopoulos' lie, Moss said, was "a serious offense" and "a calculated exercise of self interest over the national interest".

Not only that, Papadopoulos withheld a cellphone that he used during the campaign, prosecutors said, and provided it only when asked about the phone.

After the hearing, outside the courthouse, Breen told reporters that he thought the sentence was appropriate. The FBI canceled the meeting when it discovered that Mr. Papadopoulos had sat down for a media interview about the case.

His mother said on Friday that she "still supports" Trump. "I think the judge really took everything into consideration". "He was very fair", Kiki Papadopoulos said.

Also on August 21, a jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, found former Trump election campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty on eight of 18 charges of filing false tax returns, failing to disclose his offshore bank accounts and bank fraud.

Gates has testified against Manafort who was recently convicted in Virginia on bank and tax fraud charges brought by Mueller's team.

But in a court filing last month, prosecutors said Papadopoulos ultimately did little to aid their work.

Richard Pinedo, who was not involved with the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in a case related to the Mueller probe in February to aiding and abetting interstate and foreign identity fraud by creating, buying and stealing hundreds of bank account numbers that he sold to individuals to use with large digital payment companies.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the investigation.

Mr. Papadopoulos was pictured in March, 2016, sitting at a table with Mr. Trump, then-campaign adviser Jeff Sessions who went on to become U.S. Attorney-Ggeneral, and other foreign policy campaign advisers.

For a time, Papadopoulos also looked to be a key informant.


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