Mueller opposes Papadopoulos's push to delay prison time, notes ‘inconsistent’ tweets

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE’s team of lawyers on Wednesday opposed an effort from former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosUS attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' MORE to delay his prison term.

Mueller's team pointed to the onetime foreign policy adviser's tweets and other public statements that they said have been “inconsistent” with his remarks during his sentencing.

Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison in September after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russia-linked individuals.


Despite cooperating with Mueller’s investigation and expressing remorse at his sentencing, Papadopoulos has since suggested publicly that his prosecution was a result of “entrapment” by Western intelligence agencies and at one point last month said he was considering withdrawing from his plea agreement with the special counsel.

Now, equipped with a new team of lawyers, Papadopoulos is seeking to delay his prison time pending the outcome of a separate legal challenge to Mueller’s authority brought by Andrew Miller, an associate of longtime Trump ally Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Judge rejects Stone's request to dismiss charges Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE. Stone is currently fighting a grand jury subpoena.

Papadopoulos’s attorneys argued last week that the federal appeals court decision in the case brought by Miller “may directly impact the validity of Mr. Papadopoulos’ prosecution and conviction.”

Mueller’s prosecutors on Wednesday rejected the effort outright, asking that the court deny Papadopoulos's motion to delay his prison time.

Papadopoulos is due to report to prison on Nov. 26.

“The defendant has no pending appeal, his motion is made for purposes of delay, and he has not presented a substantial legal question that is likely to result in reversal,” Mueller’s team wrote in a court filing.

They also noted that Papadopoulos’s public statements since his sentencing “appear to be inconsistent with his stated acceptance of responsibility at sentencing,” arguing that the motion is aimed at delaying his prison term.

“The defendant’s public statements following his sentencing indicate that this motion is being made for the ‘purpose of delay,’” Mueller’s team wrote. 

Papadopoulos’s attorneys filed a motion on Wednesday asking the judge to delay his surrender date until a decision is made on his motion for bail pending the appeal.

The 31-year-old former campaign adviser is among several associates of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE who have been ensnared in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the campaign and Moscow.

Trump has described Papadopoulos as a low-level volunteer who played a minimal role on his campaign.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his Russia-linked contacts in October 2017, including conversations with a London-based professor in which Papadopoulos was told that the Russians had “dirt” on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMissing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani On The Money: Trump downplays urgency of China trade talks | Chinese negotiators cut US trip short in new setback | Trump sanctions Iran's national bank | Survey finds Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in past year Meghan McCain, Ana Navarro get heated over whistleblower debate MORE in the form of “thousands of emails.”