Mueller moves to sentence Papadopoulos, signaling key step

POLITICO | 5/23/2018 | JOSH GERSTEIN
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The filing moves towards a sentencing for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

A court filing Wednesday from special counsel Robert Mueller's office may be a signal that his investigation into Russian efforts to coordinate with the Trump campaign is nearing a conclusion.

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The filing asks a federal judge to start the process of preparing a pre-sentencing report for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to investigators in the Trump-Russia probe.

The move indicates that a sentencing for Papadopoulos could come this summer — without him testifying at the trials of others who may have been involved in alleged collusion with the Kremlin on its attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. No one faces such charges at the moment.

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It's also possible that the filing is a sign that the investigation has progressed to the point that prosecutors have concluded Papadopoulos's testimony would not be useful in any future cases.

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"It means they're pretty much done with him, or they don't need him testifying," said former federal prosecutor Sol Wisenberg. "It may mean they've taken a look at the others in the campaign and decided they cannot charge them, or they're going to charge them without him. ... It means things are moving along."

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told POLITICO that the filing indicates Mueller has concluded some part of his work.

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"It means at least one aspect of it has been wrapped up. And hopefully it all gets wrapped up soon," Giuliani said.

Giuliani said he’s seen no indication that Papadopoulos is part of any issue Mueller’s...
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