Papadopoulos, ex-Trump campaign adviser, headed to prison on Monday, judge rules

Papadopoulos, ex-Trump campaign adviser, headed to prison on Monday, judge rules

Over the past ten days, Papadopoulos twice asked a federal judge to pause his sentence, WGN-TV reported.

A federal judge has ruled that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos must report to prison on Monday as originally ordered.

Papadopoulos, the judge argued, waived "any right to challenge [his] conviction. or sentence. or otherwise attempt to modify or change the sentence" as part of his plea agreement previous year with the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading a far-reaching probe into Russian interference in USA elections.

Papadopoulos gave up much of his rights to appeal under his plea agreement, which he cut with the special counsel's office previous year.

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He wrote that Papadopoulos "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".

He pled guilty a year ago 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.

But in an order Sunday, US District Court Judge Randy Moss said Papadopoulos' arguments failed to justify a delay. Moss stressed that Papadopoulos' deadline to appeal was September 25 - not the week before he was due to surrender and start his imprisonment.

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Papadopoulous is also pushing a conspiracy theory about the Australian diplomat whose tip about Papadopoulos talking about "dirt" the Russians had on Hillary Clinton helped launch the Mueller investigation.

He was sentenced in September for lying to the FBI in the Russian Federation investigation.

"Based on the reasoning contained in those opinions [of other judges], Court concludes that the prospect that the DC Circuit will reach a contrary conclusion is remote", Moss wrote.

Underlying the ex-aide's request was a fight initiated by Andrew Miller, who spurned a Mueller grand jury subpoena in favor of a court battle over the legality of the special counsel's appointment.

The White House has said that Papadopoulos was a low-level volunteer on the campaign.

Papadopoulos will be the third defendant in the Mueller probe to serve jail time.

Papadopoulos also reacted to a tweet from his wife, Simona, who said of her husband: "You don't deserve to go to jail but you will come out stronger".

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