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 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'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 (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal 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 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 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.