Every time a person looks around in the Donald Trump campaign gang, another Russian pops up. As it turns out, Trump’s personal attorney’s business mate was born in Russia. Now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is ready to put a sentence on the man who is one of the first campaign links.
Mueller has been investigating Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential elections and the alleged Trump campaign conspiracy. Trump has had a troubling number of people with links to Russia in his campaign, beginning with his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who is currently under house arrest in two districts.
The special counsel began spiraling out indictments to people who had serious links to Russia. He recently sent a Dutch attorney, who is married to the daughter of a Russian oligarch, to prison.
Trump has had a troubling number of people with links to Russia in his campaign. The man who was in the front part of the FBI investigation into Trumpgate, George Papadopoulos, played a pivotal role.
“if you consider PACE of Mueller’s probe and its results – including multiple charges for Paul Manafort and guilty pleas from Mike Flynn, Rick Gates, and former campaign aide, George Papadopolous, its easy to see why Mueller makes him sweat” – @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/QK94Kr0P0S
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) May 17, 2018
After drinking far too much, the young aide told an Australian diplomat about the stolen Hillary Clinton emails — long before she was aware of the theft. The diplomat was so alarmed, he contacted our nation’s FBI.
Mueller just asked the Court to begin sentencing for George Papadopoulos. ABC News reported that the court filing indicated that Mueller was ready for the sentencing stage for the young man:
‘The parties respectfully request that the Court refer this case for the preparation of a presentence investigation report.’
Papadopoulos was a global energy expert and attorney based in London when the Trump campaign brought him in as a foreign policy adviser. He pled guilty to lying to federal investigators back in October 2017.
After Papadopoulos pled guilty, Trump tweeted about the young man he called a “coffee boy:”
‘….came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George (Papadopoulos), who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!’
Due to his cooperation with Mueller’s team, the Trump campaign aide remained free on bond, based upon his plea deal. The young attorney’s new Italian wife, Simona Mangiante is also an international lawyer and government advocate in Belgium-London-Rome and she has spoken on behalf of her husband.
She defended Papadopoulos vigorously on CNN:
‘It’s a very difficult moment because your life is on hold. You cannot do much. I don’t think he ever lied to protect Trump. To me it confirms the suspicions about him (the professor), he could definitely be a Russian asset, he could be a Russian spy.
Mangiante continued, saying she believe he became involved “in something bigger than him:”
‘I think his presidency is weakened a lot already. I’m sure that the prosecutor and the FBI have not invested so much time and money for hunting witches. I think they will say he was very young and was caught in something bigger than him.’
The court’s probation department prepared a presentence investigation report (PSR) prior to sentencing. These reports have served the purpose of helping the judge decide on an appropriate sentence.
Typically, the PSR contains a person’s criminal history, acceptance of responsibility, status and role in the community, and in particular – cooperation with governmental investigations. These reports remain confidential except to the Court and the involved parties.
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