Ex-Trump Adviser Ordered to Report to Prison

Judge rejected Papadopoulos bid to delay sentence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2018 12:12 AM CST
Ex-Trump Adviser Ordered to Report to Prison
In this Oct. 25, 2018 photo, George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, arrives for his first appearance before congressional investigators   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A federal judge has ordered former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to report to prison as scheduled, rejecting his last-minute bid to delay his two-week sentence. Papadopoulos is to begin serving his sentence Monday, the AP reports. He was sentenced in September for lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation. He had sought a postponement of his prison term until an appeals court had ruled in a separate case challenging the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment. But in a 13-page opinion Sunday, US District Court Judge Randolph Moss said Papadopoulos had waited too long to contest his sentence. He filed an initial motion on Nov. 16, nearly two months after the deadline for appealing his conviction or sentence.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal agents about his interactions with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign. Moss noted that Papadopoulos had agreed not to appeal in most circumstances as part of his plea agreement and the judge said the challenge to Mueller's appointment was unlikely to be successful in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Four different federal judges have upheld Mueller's appointment as proper. Responding to the judge's order, Papadopoulos wrote in a tweet Sunday that he looked forward to telling the full story behind his case. "The truth will all be out," he said. "Not even a prison sentence can stop that momentum." (A Roger Stone associate is in plea talks with Mueller.)

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