Donald Trump's former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, faces a sentence in federal court on Friday after pleading guilty last year to lying to the FBI.
Papadopoulos hopes to avoid the trial period, while prosecutors recommend that he receive six months in prison for statements that did not reveal his interactions with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.
Prosecutors say he lied "to minimize both his own role as a witness and the scope of the campaign's knowledge about his contacts."
Papadopoulos was Trump's first assistant to plead guilty and reach a cooperation agreement with the government, which indicates an aggressive prosecution that has now obtained cooperation agreements from Trump's top advisers and associates, and obtained a conviction from the former president. of campaign of Trump Paul Manafort.
Papadopoulos' lawyers filed a memo Friday seeking a reduced jail sentence for his client who lies to the FBI when he interviewed in January 2017.
After his plea, the White House diminished the role of Papadopoulos, with a former colleague who said he was just a "coffee boy." But he was also photographed at Trump's only meeting with his foreign policy team at Trump Tower, when a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was discussed.
Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also photographed.
Among the things that Papadopoulos lied to FBI agents under interrogation was his contact with the Maltese resident professor in London Joseph Mifsud, who said that the Russians had "dirt". with Hillary Clinton.
He made the false statements he admitted during a meeting on January 27, 2017 with FBI agents.
His wife, born in Italy, Simona Mangiante, with whom Papadopoulos met on the Linkedin site during the campaign, said he was considering withdrawing from his guilty plea and said that "suspicious people" they were chasing him from within the government.
Lawyers for former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos say the future president "nodded approvingly" when asked if he wanted to have a meeting with Putin.
Papadopoulos' lawyers filed a memo Friday that also seeks a reduced jail sentence for his client who lies to the FBI when he met in January 2017.
At the first meeting of Trump's foreign policy team in Washington on March 31, 2016, Papadopoulos, "eager to show his courage to the campaign," told the candidate and his advisors that he had connections that could facilitate such a meeting.
"While some in the room rejected George's offer, Mr. Trump nodded and abrogated Mr. Sessions, who seemed to like the idea and declared that the campaign should analyze it," said the statement on the intent of his client set up a meeting with Putin
"While some in the room rejected the offer of George, Mr. Trump nodded and abrogated Mr. Sessions, who seemed to like the idea and declared that the campaign should analyze it," the statement said, referring to Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general.
Papadopoulos is expected to be sentenced on Friday.
In the testimony before the court, Papadopoulos admitted that he lied to the investigators, but asked for a very light sentence, saying that he had not tried to obstruct the investigation, but only wanted to protect his career.
He said he was a young and inexperienced Trump fan when his application to join the campaign was accepted in March 2016.
Papadopoulos established contacts with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed the links of the Kremlin and presented him to other ostensibly well-connected Russians, including a supposed niece of Putin.
During his interview for work with a senior campaign official, "George learned that the campaign's foreign policy approach would improve relations with Russia," the statement said.
"George got the job despite not having experience with US and Russian diplomacy."
Weeks later in Europe, Papadopoulos established contacts with a mysterious professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed links from the Kremlin and introduced him to other ostensibly well-connected Russians, including a purported niece of Putin.
"To say that George was out of reach would be a great understatement … I had no experience in dealing with Russian politics or its officials," the statement said.
Encouraged by the March 31 foreign policy team meeting, he continued to seek a Trump-Putin meeting.
At a breakfast on April 26, 2016, Mifsud told Papadopoulos that people in Moscow had "dirt" on Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, information that Papadopoulos later shared with the campaign.
The meeting would never take place and Papadopoulos would be arrested shortly after July 27, 2017.
Papadopoulos' wife and her unofficial spokesperson, Simona, took to Twitter to share their support for her husband
Prosecutors asked for a six-month jail sentence for lying, alleging that the man tricked them into "critical facts, in an investigation of national importance, after being explicitly warned that lying to the FBI was a federal offense."
"The nature and circumstances of the offense justify a jail sentence," prosecutors wrote, according to ABC News.
Papadopoulos' wife and her unofficial spokesperson, Simona, took to Twitter to share their support for her husband.
She said: I trust that the facts are clear now. I wait for a just decision. The defense judgment memorandum is a very accurate representation of George's genuine cooperation and the fact that he never impeded the investigation. #freeGeorge ♥ & # 39;