Thursday, August 16, 2018

PAPADOPOULOS’S WIFE SAYS HE SHOULD SCRAP HIS PLEA DEAL WITH MUELLER

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, the wife of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, says her husband should find new attorneys and drop a plea deal he struck in October 2017 with the special counsel’s office.

In a tweet Wednesday, Mangiante Papadopoulos made a request for a lawyer to represent her husband pro bono.

“Your biggest reward will be #History. Your name will go down on history!” wrote Mangiante Papadopoulos, an Italian actress and model who once worked as an attorney in the European Parliament in Brussels.

“George should drop off his plea agreement, in my opinion,” Mangiante Papadopoulos told The Daily Caller News Foundation when contacted after her tweet.


“The idea is to find a lawyer to drop off his plea agreement and sue the government,” she added, noting that she and her husband plan to wait until after a court hearing on Friday to make a final decision.

Whether Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old energy consultant, can actually withdraw from his plea deal is another question. According to federal guidelines, defendants can withdraw from plea agreements only when they “can show a fair and just reason for requesting the withdrawal.”

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to lying to the FBI about the timeline of his contacts with a Maltese professor named Joseph Mifsud who claimed to have learned about Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Papadopoulos faces sentencing in the case on Sept. 7. The special counsel’s office will submit its recommendations for sentencing this Friday. While lying to the FBI carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, defendants in similar cases often receive six months or less in jail.

Papadopoulos told investigators that Mifsud told him during an April 26, 2016, meeting in London that he had learned Russia possessed “thousands” of Hillary Clinton-related emails. Mangiante Papadopoulos told TheDCNF that Papadopoulos believed Mifsud was referring to emails Clinton deleted from her private email server.

Papadopoulos also attempted to set up meetings between campaign officials and Russian government officials, but according to the statement of offense submitted by the special counsel’s office, the meetings never took place.

Mangiante Papadopoulos says she does not believe Papadopoulos committed a crime and is guilty instead of misremembering nuanced details of his interactions with Mifsud.

Prosecutors claim that during a Jan. 26, 2017, interview, Papadopoulos, who did not have a lawyer present, falsely claimed he met Mifsud prior to joining the campaign in March 2016. But Papadopoulos first met Mifsud about a week after learning he would join the Trump team. The pair remained in contact through the campaign.

As evidence that Papadopoulos did not intend to deceive the FBI, Mangiante Papadopoulos claims Papadopoulos volunteered Mifsud’s name to the agents who interviewed him.

Mangiante Papadopoulos has also denied that Papadopoulos took part in collusion between the campaign and Russian government. She also believes that government officials attempted to set up her husband with a series of approaches by government informants, including former Cambridge professor Stefan Halper.

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