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 recommended that former Trump campaign staffer 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 be sentenced to zero to six months in prison and face a fine of $9,500.
Mueller stated in a court filing Friday that those penalties “are warranted and appropriate” for Papadopoulos's conduct in lying to federal investigators.
Mueller wrote in the filing that Papadopoulos chose to lie to federal investigators during a voluntary interview and that he “was expressly warned that it is a crime to lie to federal investigators.”
"The defendant knew the questions he was asked by the FBI were important, and he knew his answers were false at the time he gave them. His lies negatively affected the FBI’s Russia investigation, and prevented the FBI from effectively identifying and confronting witnesses in a timely fashion," the court document states.
The former Trump campaign employee reached a plea agreement with Mueller’s team last year and is set to be sentenced in September.
Papadopoulos's wife, Simona Mangiante, is urging her husband to break off the plea deal and stop cooperating with Mueller.
The filing also pushed back against certain assertions that Papadopoulos's wife has made in media interviews, including that he voluntarily said that a professor had told him that Russia had dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE.
The White House has sought to downplay Papadopoulos's role on the Trump campaign, saying that he was a "coffee boy."