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Ex-Trump campaign adviser loses bid to delay prison sentence

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Former
Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos arrives at a
closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight
Committee October 25, 2018 at Rayburn House Office Building on
Capitol in Washington, DC.


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  • A judge has rejected an effort by former Trump campaign
    foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his
    two-week prison term
  • The judge ordered Papadopoulos must surrender Monday as
    scheduled.
  • Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to
    federal agents about his interactions with Russian
    intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by former Trump
campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his
two-week prison term and says Papadopoulos must surrender Monday
as scheduled.

Papadopoulos sought the delay until an appeals court rules in a
separate case challenging the constitutionality of special
counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment.

But in an order Sunday, U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss said
Papadopoulos’ arguments failed to justify a delay.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal agents
about his interactions with Russian intermediaries during the
2016 presidential campaign. He also forfeited most of his rights
to contest his conviction.

His lawyer argued that the appellate case could constitute new
evidence that could allow him to mount a challenge.

According to documents that were unsealed by the Mueller
investigation, Papadopoulos had made
at least six attempts
 to set up a meeting
between the Trump campaign and Russian representatives throughout
the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, using a
London-based professor named Joseph
Mifsud
and a female Russian national as conduits.

He was arrested October 5, 2017, and subsequently cooperated with
Mueller’s team. 

Mueller has previously 
recommended
that Papadopoulos be sentenced to as many as six months in
prison

.

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