A federal judge has denied George Papadopoulos‘ efforts to stay — or put a hold on — his date for going to jail.
Greek-American Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators last year and was sentenced in September to 14 days in jail.
Papadopoulos’ attorneys asked the judge in Washington, D.C., to delay his reporting date to jail as there are two active appeals snaking through the court system against Mueller’s authority and his appointment.
But Judge Randolph Moss wrote that Papadopoulos “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.”
Papadopoulos’ full sentence includes the prison time, a $9,500 fine, a year of probation and 200 hours of community service.
He pled guilty last year to lying to investigators about his contact with Russian affiliates during the campaign, including a mysterious European man who told him Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
When federal agents approached Papadopoulos about his interactions with the foreigners, he lied to them repeatedly, he admitted in court. In court filings, Papadopoulos has also accused former Attorney General Jeff Sessions of lying about his interactions on the campaign.