Papadopoulos could face sentencing in September

BY SONNET SWIRE
Posted on FEB 20, 2019

Last October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the false-statement charge, becoming the first person to admit guilt in the course of the Mueller investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking that George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, be sentenced in September on the false-statement felony charge he pleaded guilty to last fall, POLITICO reports.

In a Friday evening court filing,Mueller's prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case asked U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss to schedule Papadopoulos' sentencing for Sept. 7, or a date in October if the judge is unavailable.
If the hearing goes forward as scheduled, Papadopoulos could become the second defendant sentenced in Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Papadopoulos was secretly arrested by the FBI last July as he returned to the U.S. on a flight from Europe. He was initially charged with making false statements and with obstruction of justice for misleading the FBI about his contacts with pro-Russia players during the 2016 election.

Last October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the false-statement charge in a sealed courtroom in Washington, D.C., becoming the first person to admit guilt in the course of the Mueller investigation. Papadopoulos, 30, faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison.

The timingof the sentencing suggests two possible outcomes: that Papadopoulos will not be a witness in other cases, or that he is likely to receive a relatively light sentence regardless of the impact of his testimony so there is no need to delay the sentencing

 

 

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