A United States judge has rejected a bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term, and said Papadopoulos must surrender Monday as scheduled.
The Washington Post reports that Papadopoulos was looking to delay his 14-day sentence by citing a constitutional challenge to the appointment of Robert Mueller as the head of the special counsel investigation.
Papadopoulos had filed an initial motion on November 16, almost two months after the deadline for appealing his conviction or sentence.
He was sentenced in September for lying to the FBI in the Russian Federation investigation.
Papadopoulos had asked a federal judge twice in the last 10 days to pause his sentence.
"He has failed to demonstrate that the D.C. Circuit is likely to conclude that the appointment of the Special Counsel was unlawful - and, indeed, he has failed even to show that the appeal raises a "close question that 'very well could be decided" against the Special Counsel", Moss wrote.
He pled guilty past year to lying to investigators about his contact with Russian affiliates during the campaign, including a mysterious European man who told him Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.
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Responding to the judge's order, Papadopoulos wrote in a tweet Sunday that he looked forward to telling the full story behind his case. He has also offered to testify before the Senate's intelligence committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, if he's granted immunity or other conditions.
In the Sunday ruling, Moss was also irritated about the Thanksgiving week timing of Papadopoulos' last-ditch effort to delay reporting to prison.
His lawyers argued that he should be able to remain free on bail because the challenge on constitutional grounds to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe would result in his conviction being set aside.
That case has seen a grand jury witness challenge the legality of Mueller's appointment, Politico reported. Moss sentenced him to a two-week term in September after Papadopoulos had said he was a good man who'd made 'a terrible mistake'. Moss at the time noted that many similar cases resulted in probation but said he imposed a sentence of incarceration partly to send a message to the public that people can't lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That probe was later taken over by Mueller.
The 31-year-old Papadopoulos is a relatively minor figure in the 18-month Mueller investigation.
But when news of Papadopoulos's guilty plea surfaced, Trump said on Twitter, "Few people knew the young, low-level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar".