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February 16, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team in a court filing Friday recommended between 19 and 25 years in prison for Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chair, who was convicted last year of eight counts of financial fraud, including tax evasion.

"Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship," the sentencing memo said. "He was well-educated, professionally successful, and financially well off. He nonetheless cheated the United States Treasury and the public out of more than $6 million in taxes at a time when he had substantial resources."

If the court accepts Mueller's recommendation, Manafort, 69, could spend the rest of his life in prison. This is the lengthiest proposed prison sentence on the table in Mueller's investigation to date, and Friday's memo argues it "reflect[s] the seriousness of these crimes" and serves as a deterrent for both Manafort and anyone else considering "engaging in such conduct." Bonnie Kristian

November 25, 2018

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has been ordered to report to federal prison Monday to serve a two-week sentence. U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss on Sunday rejected Papadopoulos' bid to delay his sentence with a pair of motions attempting to challenge Special Counsel Robert Mueller's legal authority.

Papadopoulos "has failed to demonstrate that the D.C. Circuit is likely to conclude that the appointment of the special counsel was unlawful," Moss wrote, "and, indeed, he has failed even to show that the appeal raises a 'close question' that 'very well could be decided' against the special counsel."

Mueller sought a six-month jail term for Papadopoulos, but the former campaign aide's lawyers argued for leniency on the ground that his motives were "wrongheaded" but not "sinister." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI; he lied about his 2016 communications with a British professor who said he had Russian contacts with "dirt" on Hillary Clinton for the Trump campaign. Bonnie Kristian

August 18, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is seeking a short prison sentence of up to six months for former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who allegedly delayed federal investigators by lying to them.

"[Papadopoulos'] lies undermined investigators' ability to challenge the Professor or potentially detain or arrest him while he was still in the United States," Mueller's team said in court filings Friday. "The defendant's false statements were intended to harm the investigation, and did so."

The "Professor" in question is Joseph Mifsud, who reportedly has ties to the Russian government and contacted Papadopoulos offering "dirt" on Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying about Mifsud to the FBI in October.

Papadopoulos and his attorney could not be reached by Wall Street Journal requests to comment on the possible jail time, but Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, George's wife, has been publicly asking President Trump to pardon him. Bonnie Kristian

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