Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday recommended a prison sentence of zero to six months for the former Trump adviser who pled guilty to lying to investigators about his interactions with individuals alleged to have ties to the Russian government during his time working for the campaign.
Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on September 7.
Those lies, they said, resulted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation missing an opportunity to properly question a professor Papadopoulos had met during the campaign who had tipped him that the Russians had "dirt" on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".
The FBI would have arrested or at least questioned an elusive Maltese professor who claimed to know in April of 2016 that Russian Federation had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the form of "thousands" of stolen emails, but the investigators missed the professor because George Papadopoulos lied to them repeatedly.
"Mueller's sentencing memo says that Papadopoulos" crime was serious, and that his lies damaged the government's investigation.
Papadopoulos was also the first Trump campaign adviser to plead guilty in Mueller's investigation.
Now, Mueller has recommended that Papadopoulos see some time in prison.
Papadopoulos did, however, refer to the Russian dirt during a conversation he had in a London bar in May 2016 with the senior Australian diplomat in Britain.
The filing by the special counsel's office strongly suggests the FBI had contact with Professor Joseph Mifsud while he was in the USA during the early part of the investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates.
The court filing Friday states that Mueller's team is "aware that the defendant and his spouse have participated in several additional media interviews concerning his case". "The government understands that the Professor left the United States on February 11, 2017 and he has not returned to the United States since then", the sentencing memorandum stated, according to Bloomberg News.
In his guilty plea, Papadopoulos admitted that he had lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during a February 2017 interview and misled them about interactions he had with Mifsud and his Russian contacts.
Since then, Mueller has returned two sweeping indictments that detail a multi-faceted Russian campaign to undermine the USA presidential election in an attempt to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help Trump. In fact, information the US government received about Papadopoulos was what triggered the counterintelligence investigation in the first place. The professor allegedly told Papadopoulos that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails".
Papadopoulos' wife, Simona, however, still maintains her husband is innocent despite his guilty plea.