Ex-Trump campaign aide loses bid to delay prison sentence

George Papadopoulos

Papadopoulos was ordered to surrender himself on Monday (local time) to a Wisconsin prison.

But US District Judge Randolph Moss ruled on Sunday that Papadopolous did not appeal his conviction because he waived his right when he pleaded guilty, the Washington Post reported. He also forfeited most of his rights to contest his conviction.

Responding to the judge's order, Papadopoulos wrote in a tweet Sunday that he looked forward to telling the full story behind his case.

Papadopoulos, the first campaign aide sentenced in Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation investigation, said at the time that he was "deeply embarrassed and ashamed" for his actions.

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He noted that the Trump advisor didn't appeal his sentence and that he felt the constitutional challenge to Mueller's authority was unlikely to succeed. Four different federal judges have upheld Mueller's appointment as proper.

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.

Even after his arrest and plea agreement past year, prosecutors say Papadopoulos continued to be hard with investigators, only providing information after being confronted with documents such as emails and text messages.

Papadopoulos said that he should be allowed to remain free on bail as the constitutional challenge in the case might overturn his conviction. 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. That case was brought by a witness refusing to comply with a Mueller grand jury subpoena. 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.

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

Foreign policy advisor to President Donald Trump's election campaign, George Papadopoulos leaves the US District Courts after his sentencing in Washington, DC on September 7, 2018.

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

Moss, however, wrote that Papadopoulos "is not a party" to the case pending appeal and found that the former Trump campaign aide did not prove that he was owed "injunctive or other equitable relief".

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