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George Papadopoulos Sentenced to 14 Days in Jail

Update: George Papadopoulos, the first Trump associate to be sentenced in the Mueller probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been sentenced to 14 days in jail and 1 year supervised release for the crime of making false statements to the F.B.I. I assume he got a voluntary surrender -- I wonder where he will be designated to serve the sentence. Since he lives in Chicago, it could be this Residential Re-entry Facility.

Here is Papadopoulos' Sentencing Memorandum. Here is the Government's Sentencing Memorandum.

Update: According to reporters in the courtroom, Papadopoulos' lawyer told the Judge, " "The President of the United States hindered the investigation more than George Papadopoulos ever did.” He also said Papadopoulos was motivated to lie in part by Trump characterizing investigation as “Fake news.” CNN has more here. [More...]

One of the biggest lies was about when he met with Professor Mifshud. He kept telling the FBI it was before he was appointed Trump's foreign policy advisor. He now admits that it was on August 26, 2016 that Professor Mifsud told him individuals in Moscow possessed “dirt” on candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”

The Government says in its sentencing memo that the lie hindered its ability to interview Mifsud before he left the U.S.

The defendant’s lies to the FBI in January 2017 impeded the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Most immediately, those statements substantially hindered investigators’ ability to effectively question the Professor when the FBI located him in Washington, D.C. approximately two weeks after the defendant’s January 27, 2017 interview. The defendant’s lies undermined investigators’ ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States. 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.

George will be giving interviews tonight. His wife has been all over the airwaves for months pleading his case and asking for legal help.The Government in its sentencing memorandum refutes the claims she made on TV in several footnotes.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his meetings with people he thought could set up a meeting between Trump and Putin. The charge he pleaded guilty to is, with the specific lies, is here.

He did not get a cooperation deal (because he lied). His guidelines are 0 to 6 months. The Government is asking for some jail time in that range. Papadopoulos is asking for probation Instanter (already served).

Trump, of course, says he didn't even know him. Trump makes him out be a low-level campaign volunteer for a short period of time. Maybe he forgets he was the one who announced Papadopoulos had been appointed as a foreign policy advisor to his Campaign.

According to the defense sentencing memo, when George proposed setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin, Trump and Sessions nodded approvingly. That contradicts Sessions' testimony.

The Government says in its memo it does not know for sure what motivated Papadopoulus to lie, but it suspects it was because he was hoping for "a high-level position with the National Security Council, the State Department, or the Energy Department."

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So Papadopoulos gets 14 days for lying to the FBI. Martha Stewart must be shaking her head wondering why she got 5 months in jail for lying about a single personal stock trade.

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    Popodopoulos (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 11:22:22 AM EST
    lied about matters material to the investigation. The sentence of two weeks trivializes, if not makes a farce of the offense. If the maximum sentence, in keeping with the guidelines, was not justifiable given circumstances or understandings, a more substantial and supervised probationary period should have been given.


    `Papadopoulos' (none / 0) (#7)
    by linea on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 06:21:15 PM EST
    Two weeks is too harsh because the `false statements' statute that he was charged under is an insult to justice and fairness and should be repealed.

    I couldn't care less about Papadopoulos and am indifferent to his legal issues and not interested in the specifics of his case. However, false testimony should be handled under the perjury statutes when someone knowingly lies on an actual material matter in an official proceeding under oath.

    Elimination of this odious statute would not only benefit justice and fairness but also promote effective law enforcement as innocent people will no longer be hesitant to speak with Federal investigators due to a legitimate fear that a misconstrued statement, inadvertent omission, or misrecorded notes from a seemingly casual interview may subject them to criminal charges. Because of this statute, any attorney who allows his client to utter a single word to Federal Police is in my opinion committing gross misfeasance or incompetent.

    My opinion.

     

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    Does (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by FlJoe on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 06:58:57 PM EST
    this ever happen ?
    a misconstrued statement, inadvertent omission, or misrecorded notes from a seemingly casual interview may subject them to criminal charges.
    Cite me a case where it did if you can, show me a dozen and you start to have an argument, show me a hundred and then we get into your hyperbolic "travesty of justice" territory.

    I would guess the FBI conducts thousands if not tens of thousand interviews a year, I would wager that exactly zero were considered casual in any way shape or form.

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    On this particular subject -- that is, (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by Peter G on Sun Sep 09, 2018 at 10:23:35 AM EST
    using section 1001 to prosecute false statements allegedly made to the FBI by people who are themselves under suspicion and investigation -- Linea is about 90% right. "In my opinion."

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    That's actually funny (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Sep 09, 2018 at 11:28:20 AM EST
    "I don't like this law!" (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Yman on Sun Sep 09, 2018 at 07:38:07 AM EST
    Too bad.

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    Sounds like Serena. (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 09, 2018 at 07:07:04 PM EST
    Serena Wiiliams is right (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by linea on Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 07:16:34 PM EST
    ELLE: Male Tennis Pros Confirm Serena's Penalty Was Sexist and Admit to Saying Worse on the Court

    There is clearly a double standard.

    However, I would argue that we should hold men to the same standard of politeness and civility that we expect of adult women. The status quo has always been to tacitly excuse men for `masculine' aggressiveness, violent outbursts, and verbally abusive behavior. That should end.

    Video: John McEnroe's most famous outburst

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    Serena was wrong (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by CoralGables on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 09:37:29 PM EST
    Just because someone else gets away with shoplifting doesn't make you innocent when you are caught shoplifting.

    On a side note:
    Serena got outplayed from start to finish.

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    CoralGables (1.00 / 3) (#16)
    by linea on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 10:23:53 PM EST
    I suppose you would have a point if you actually read what I wrote or if I wrote something other than what I did write.


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    This seems important (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Sep 07, 2018 at 05:17:41 PM EST
    Martha Stewart was not perjury trap (none / 0) (#2)
    by thomas rogan on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 11:02:11 AM EST
    Martha Stewart lied about a real crime.
    "According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Stewart avoided a loss of $45,673 by selling all 3,928 shares of her ImClone Systems stock on December 27, 2001, after receiving material, nonpublic information from Peter Bacanovic, who was Stewart's broker at Merrill Lynch. The day following her sale, the stock value fell 16%.[47]"
      If Papadopoulos committed a real crime, then why didn't Mueller have him plead guilty to that with a low grade penalty.  "Attempted election manipulation", etc.  I see a lot of people who plea bargain to "attempted burglary" and the like.  
    Mueller has indicted a bunch of people who are still in Russia; he could always indict the professor too whether or not the professor left, assuming of course there is probable cause that the professor committed any crime at all.

    A "real crime" - heh (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Yman on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 11:35:57 AM EST
    Hate to break it to you, but lying to the FBI IS a "real crime", and Mueller's not done yet.  Did you notice that the orange buffoon had been named as co-conspirator in an election fraud/felony?

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    Does a felony (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 11:44:06 AM EST
    count as a crime? Or just an unreal crime?

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    May I suggest, Dr. Rogan, that you confine (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Peter G on Sat Sep 08, 2018 at 12:51:14 PM EST
    yourself (at least when you invoke expertise and experience to support your views) to expressing opinions on medicine, psychiatry and forensic "science"? Your misunderstanding of legal subjects is multifaceted. In this particular comment, knowingly making a false statement to the FBI is quite definitely a "real [federal felony] crime," while (so far as I know, based on 40 years of direct experience in the field) "attempted election manipulation" (or anything that could be so characterized) is not. And FYI, "attempting" to commit a federal crime is generally not an offense under the federal code (many consider this a defect, but nonetheless what I say is true), unless specifically stated otherwise in the statute in question. (Perhaps you are not aware that this is a major difference between federal and most state criminal laws, such as the law that would prohibit "attempted burglary," for example.)

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    Just out of curiosity (none / 0) (#17)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 05:39:21 PM EST
    Do you root for Russia or for the USA?

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    Apparently (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 05:16:01 PM EST
    has taken up the MAGA habit of drunk tweeting.