Wife of Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI about Russia contacts voices objections to sentencing recommendation
For better or worse, George Papadopoulos’ wife is doing her best to torpedo the plea deal her husband struck with special counsel Robert Mueller's office last year.
A day after Mueller recommended a short sentence of six months for the former Trump campaign adviser, his better half took to Twitter to vent her frustration with the probe into Russian election meddling.
“George wasn't ‘cooperative enough’ in the Muller's recommendation,” Simona Mangiante wrote. “He cooperated for 1 year and helped his country. He has been loyal to the truth and not to anyone's agenda. His cooperation is considered pointless as it didn't reveal any wrongdoing by the campaign?”
Prosecutors suggested Friday that Papadopoulos should spend some time in prison after lying to the FBI during their investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and President Trump’s campaign.
Court documents revealed that the 31-year-old Chicago native hampered the probe because he lied repeatedly during a January 2017 interview.
Those lies, they said, resulted in the FBI missing an opportunity to question a professor who told Papadopoulos the Russians possessed "dirt" on Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee were made public ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in relation to the hacking.
Leading up to Mueller’s recommendation for Papadopoulos, Mangiante had already embarked on a media blitz, complaining that her husband had been unfairly treated and taking to Twitter to search for a lawyer to take up her hubby’s case “pro bono.”
“Your biggest reward will be #History. Your name will go down on history,” she tweeted.
Mangiante told MSNBC on Thursday that she no longer trusts Mueller, and cryptically said new evidence in the case has led her to believe Papadopoulos should end his agreement.
"I trusted the institutions until they proved me wrong," Mangiante told MSNBC, adding that she had been made aware of "exculpatory evidences that fully justify him to drop off his plea agreement."
Mueller’s team even made sure to mention Mangiante’s embrace of the media in Friday’s sentencing suggestion.
Prosecutors are “aware that the defendant and his spouse have participated in several additional media interviews concerning his case,” they wrote in their recommendation.
Papadopoulos has played a central role in the ongoing Russia probe. His drunken boasts about contacts with the professor are what prompted counterintelligence investigation.
Trump and the White House have attempted to downplay Papadopoulos's role with the campaign, calling him a "coffee boy." Mangiante bristled at that suggestion, repeatedly stating that her husband was involved in policy discussions.
Mueller’s probe has resulted in Papadopoulos and two other former Trump campaign officials — disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign aide Richard Gates — pleading guilty to lying to investigators.
Mangiante created a GoFundMe page in June, asking for donations to cover “financial support for lawyers and living.” The fundraiser has around $4,500 of its $75,000 goal as of Saturday.
Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 7.