Mueller Asks Judge to Move Ahead With Sentencing of Former Trump Advisor George Papadopoulos

A former federal prosecutor says the move means special counsel Robert Mueller is likely not planning on using Papadopoulos as a trial witness.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday asked a federal judge to begin the sentencing process for former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos after delaying his court proceeding for months, CNN reports.

Papadopoulos, who pled guilty under seal in October after admitting he lied to the FBI about his communications with three individuals—two of which are Russians.

Former federal prosecutor and MSNBC contributor Joyce Alene said the move “likely means Mueller won’t use Papadopoulos as a trial witness.

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“Whether that’s because he won’t be indicting anything he could be useful for, because the case is tight without him and/or because there is an issue with putting [him] on the witness stand isn’t clear yet,” Alene wrote on Twitter.

 

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.