Mueller asks judge for September sentencing for Papadopoulos

Mueller asks judge for September sentencing for Papadopoulos
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE has asked a judge for a September sentencing for former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE.

Mueller's prosecutors and defense attorneys in a Friday court filing asked U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss to set Papadopoulos's sentencing for Sept. 7 or for a date in October barring his availability in September, Politico reported.

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Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to FBI agents about his contacts with pro-Russia sources during the 2016 presidential election. He is one of three Trump associates — along with businessman Richard Gates and former national security adviser Michael Flynn — to plead guilty to making false statements.

The former Trump campaign aide was arrested last July and has been out on bond since pleading guilty.

President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE sought to distance himself from the aide after he pleaded guilty, describing Papadopoulos as a low-level volunteer with few real responsibilities. Papadopoulos and his fiancee have pushed back on that assertion.

"Few people knew the young, low-level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!" Trump tweeted in October.

The New York Times reported last year that Papadopoulos was key in prompting Mueller's Russia investigation after he bragged to an Australian diplomat that the Russians had damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBen Affleck: Republicans 'want to dodge the consequences for their actions' through gerrymandering Republican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema MORE. The incident occurred before the Democratic National Committee was hacked by the Kremlin in 2016.

Australian government officials tipped off the FBI to Papadopoulos's remarks, sparking the now yearlong special counsel probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.