Papadopoulos' fate will be known soon, as Mueller asked U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss to set Papadopoulos' sentencing for September 7. 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.
Now, Mueller has recommended that Papadopoulos see some time in prison.
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".
Breen and Stanley at the time issued a statement saying, "The most accurate account of Mr. Papadopoulos' plea agreement and plea of guilty is contained in the publicly filed court records and the transcript of Mr. Papadopoulos' guilty plea".
Mueller's memo said Papadopoulos did not provide "substantial assistance" to the investigation, and that "much of the information provided by the defendant came only after the government confronted him with his own emails, text messages, internet search history and other information it had obtained via search warrants and subpoenas".
"He lied repeatedly over the course of more than two hours, and his lies were created to hide facts he knew were critical", the court filing says. And Papadopoulos was also upset to learn that a Cambridge professor who hired him to write an energy paper in the fall of 2016 was a source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she said in June.
Papadopoulos was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
But Papadopoulos knew he had a role in the campaign when he started conversing with Mifsud in March 2016 - and the professor "showed interest in the defendant only after learning of his role on the campaign", the filing said. It has always been a mystery whether Papadopoulos told anyone inside the Trump campaign about the Russian dirt, and the document filed Friday does not answer the question.
It also reveals Federal Bureau of Investigation agents first interviewed Papadopoulos at the Chicago field office on January 27, 2017.
The professor told Papadopoulos the Russians had "dirt" on Democrat Hillary Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails" that they had procured, according to the court documents.
To make matters worse for Papadopoulos, the prosecutors say he has not provided significant help in their investigation.
Papadopoulos' lawyer Thomas Breen said Friday night that he was unable to comment at this time and would respond through the court record in their own pre-sentencing memo, which must be filed by August 31.
Papadopoulos' wife, Simona, however, still maintains her husband is innocent despite his guilty plea.