Judge rejects Papadopoulos bid to stall jail sentence

Judge rejects Papadopoulos bid to stall jail sentence
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A federal judge on Sunday rejected former Trump adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosPresidential historian: Trump's actions may be 'definition of treason' if he knew about Russian interference efforts 10 pieces of evidence against most diabolical Russian spy ever Flynn sentencing marks keystone moment in Mueller investigation MORE's effort to delay his prison term for lying to the FBI.

Politico reported that U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss ruled Papadopoulos must report to prison on Monday after his argument to justify delaying his sentence failed. The judge cited Papadopoulos's decision not to appeal his sentence, and wrote that the defendant's challenge of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's authority was unlikely to succeed.

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 went on to suggest publicly that his prosecution was a result of “entrapment" by western intelligence agencies. He said last month he was considering withdrawing from his plea agreement with the special counsel.

Mueller's team last week opposed Papadopoulos's effort to delay his prison sentence.

Papadopoulos argued that Mueller's appointment may be unconstitutional, citing a pending legal challenge by Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneRoger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump Stone admits to publishing false statements on InfoWars Giuliani indicates Trump Tower Moscow discussions took place up until November 2016 MORE associate Andrew Miller.

The special counsel said, however, that Papadopoulos's claims were insufficient, writing in a court filing that they were made for "purposes of delay."

Moss on Sunday granted that request by the special counsel, saying that Papadopoulos missed his opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of Mueller's legality when he entered a guilty plea last year, according to Politico.

Moss also said that Miller's challenge against Mueller was unlikely to succeed, Politico added.

"The court, accordingly, concluded that Papadopoulos has failed to carry his burden of demonstrating that the Court should continue his current bail status," Moss wrote, according to The Washington Post.

The former Trump campaign adviser, who Trump has described as a low-level staffer, is one of several previous associates of Trump who have either pleaded guilty or been indicted by Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

--Michael Burke contributed to this report, which was updated at 12:10 p.m.