Judge Orders Former Trump Campaign Aide Papadopoulos Behind Bars Monday

Saul Bowman
November 26, 2018

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on October 5, 2017 to one count of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his interactions with "a female Russian national" and Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor whom Papadopoulos, "understood to have significant ties to the Russian Government".

Moss denied the ex-aide's request Sunday, saying Papadopoulos agreed not to appeal the sentence and can't rely on the outcome of an appeal he's not a part of.

Late last week, his new lawyers asked Moss to allow Papadopoulos to delay the start of his prison term until a constitutional challenge to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is resolved.

"He has failed to demonstrate that the D.C. Circuit is likely to conclude that the appointment of the Special Counsel was unlawful - and, indeed, he has failed even to show that the appeal raises a "close question that 'very well could be decided" against the Special Counsel", Moss wrote. Others include Dutch attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan, who stayed nearly a month in a Pennsylvania federal prison for lying to investigators; and California "fake ID salesman" Richard Pinedo, who will remain in a southern California prison until mid-May 2019.

Federal Judge Randolph D. Moss said no, and wrote in his ruling that Papadopoulos "has only his own delay to blame".

Papadopoulos' full sentence includes the prison time, a $9,500 fine, a year of probation and 200 hours of community service.

During his sentencing this fall, Papadopoulos said he was "embarrassed" and "ashamed" for his conduct during the investigation. However, four lower-court judges have written that Mueller acted appropriately as a Justice Department prosecutor. "Looking forward to testifying publicly shortly after".

"Based on the reasoning contained in those opinions [of other judges], Court concludes that the prospect that the DC Circuit will reach a contrary conclusion is remote", Moss wrote. "The wool isn't going to be pulled over America's eyes forever".

Underlying the ex-aide's request was a fight initiated by Andrew Miller, who spurned a Mueller grand jury subpoena in favor of a court battle over the legality of the special counsel's appointment.

George Papadopoulos must report to jail Monday after he pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI investigators about his links to Russians during Trump's campaign for the presidency, the Washington Post reported.

The 31-year-old Papadopoulos is a relatively minor figure in the 18-month Mueller investigation.

Papadopoulos will be the third defendant in the Mueller probe to serve jail time.

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo also downplayed Papadopoulos' significance to Mr Trump's election bid by describing him merely as a "coffee boy".

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