Special counsel Robert Mueller weighed in on the future sentencing of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos on Friday, releasing a statement to the District of Columbia court.
“The defendant’s crime was serious and caused damage to the government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.” Mueller wrote in the statement.
In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller and his team — which, according to Politico, made him the first to plead guilty in the Mueller investigation.
Now, Mueller has recommended that Papadopoulos see some time in prison.
“The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration, within the applicable Guidelines range of 0 to 6 months’ imprisonment, is appropriate and warranted,” Mueller wrote.
Mueller’s recommendation is relatively short, as the former Trump campaign aide faces up to five years in jail for his crimes.
Despite the short sentencing, Mueller didn’t hold back in his statement on his belief’s of Papadopoulos’ wrongdoing.
“His lies were not momentary lapses,” Mueller wrote. “He lied repeatedly over the course of more than two hours, and his lies were designed to conceal facts he knew were critical.”
Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona, however, still maintains her husband is innocent despite his guilty plea. She called the plea “entrapment” and told Politico reporters that she has information on his innocence.
“The information that we have today makes me believe that George has committed no crime, absolutely,” she said.
Papadopoulos’ fate will be known soon, as Mueller asked U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss to set Papadopoulos’ sentencing for Sept. 7.