The George Papadopoulos plea deal will end not with a bang, but with a whimper. In the weeks since Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended a plea deal sentence of up to six months in prison, Papadopoulos – and particularly his wife Simona – began publicly kicking around the idea of reneging on the plea deal and trying to take their chances at trial. But that’s now all out the window.
Simona Papadopoulos is now telling ABC News that George will in fact stick to his plea deal, and accept responsibility for his actions. George will use his upcoming sentencing hearing on September 7th to try to convince the judge to give him leniency. Palmer Report has spoken with legal experts who have confirmed that it’s rare for a judge to hand out a significantly different plea deal sentence than the one recommended by the prosecutor. So the reality is that Papadopoulos is likely headed to prison in ten days.
This will hand Robert Mueller a key victory, as it’ll allow him to send a message to the other Trump-Russia players who are going the plea deal route: if you screw around and fail to live up to your end of the deal, this will not end well for you. This also allows Mueller to avoid the distraction of having to put Papadopoulos on trial, at a time when he’s already gearing up for the much more important second trial of Paul Manafort.
Robert Mueller just keeps scoring victories. Donald Trump’s own people continue to sell him out behind his back, through plea deals and immunity deals and cooperative testimony. The bottom line: everyone who gets mixed up with Trump ends up regretting it, and screwing with Mueller is an even worse idea.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report