Judge orders Papadopoulos to report to prison Monday

George Papadopoulos faces prison on Monday after judge rejects delay

"Papadopoulos waited until the eleventh hour to seek relief; indeed, he did not file his second motion - the stay request - until the last business day before he was scheduled to surrender to serve his sentence", Moss wrote.

Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russian Federation investigation, was sentenced to prison in September by a judge who said he had placed his own interests above those of the country. However, Papadopoulos never appealed his conviction and provided no evidence to support that the initial conviction would be changed at the conclusion of the separate case.

This is a developing story.

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

Besides Papadopoulos, several Trump aides have been convicted or pleaded guilty to various offenses linked to the campaign or lobbying work before joining Trump's 2016 campaign.

Memos authored by House Republicans and Democrats, now declassified, also show that information about Papadopoulos' contacts with Russian intermediaries triggered the FBI's counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

His lawyers argued that he should be able to remain free on bail because the challenge on constitutional grounds to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe would result in his conviction being set aside.

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". But in recent weeks, Papadopoulos has hired a new legal team and complained publicly that he was framed by intelligence agencies looking to smear Trump's campaign. Moss at the time noted that many similar cases resulted in probation but said he imposed a sentence of incarceration partly to send a message to the public that people can't lie to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But when news of Papadopoulos's guilty plea surfaced, Trump said on Twitter, "Few people knew the young, low-level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar".

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.

The 31-year-old Papadopoulos is a relatively minor figure in the 18-month Mueller investigation. That probe was later taken over by Mueller.



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