George Papadopoulos' Request To Delay His 14-Day Prison Sentence Was Reportedly Denied
The third person investigated and prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller will serve his prison sentence as scheduled. Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos' request to delay prison was denied on Sunday by the federal judge who laid down the sentence of 14 days in prison in September.
Papadopoulos is expected to show up to a correctional facility in Wisconsin on Monday. He will be serving time for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.
U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss for the District of Columbia wrote in a ruling on Sunday that Papadopoulos had not successfully carried "his burden of demonstrating that a delay in the execution of his sentence is warranted."
Papadopoulos' attorneys had centered the argument on the legality of the appointment of Mueller as Special Counsel. Courts have thus far all confirmed the validity.
Prosecutors criticized Papadopoulos' conduct since he pled guilty and was first sentenced in a filing to the court last week. "Following the defendant’s sentencing, he made a variety of public statements that appear to be inconsistent with his stated acceptance of responsibility at sentencing," the prosecutors wrote, according to Politico. "The defendant received what he bargained for, and holding him to it is not a hardship."
The Washington Post reported that during his sentencing, Papadopoulos had admitted his remorse for lying in an impassioned plea — potentially to have Judge Moss reduce his sentence. At the time, Papadopoulos called the lying "a terrible mistake, for which I have paid a terrible price, and am deeply ashamed."
Now his story has changed. Papadopoulos responded to Sunday's ruling on Twitter. "The truth will all be out," he tweeted. "Not even a prison sentence can stop that momentum. Looking forward to testifying publicly shortly after. The wool isn’t going to be pulled over America’s eyes forever."
Papadopoulos also retweeted Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch. "No surprise," Fitton wrote about the ruling. "And no surprise much of our corrupted media and Congress ignore strong evidence that he was set up as part of illicit Obama administration effort to spy on and destroy @realDonaldTrump. Shut it down."
Ever since he made a deal with the prosecutors and received his 14-day sentence, Papadopoulos began sharing a conspiracy theory that foreign intelligence officials had arranged the whole thing as a way to discredit Trump. He posted a long Twitter rant just days after his sentencing that he later deleted.
The person that he targeted in those tweets was former Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer. Downer and Papadopoulos met in May 2016, and Papadopoulos reportedly told Downer about potentially damaging information from Russia about Hillary Clinton, according to ABC News. Downer then told Australian intelligence, which passed it onto the United States. That tip began the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference.
By creating doubt around Downer, Papadopoulos may help with Trump's defense because undermining Downer's tip would also undermine the entire investigation of Russian interference, which went on to become the Mueller investigation. The Twitter rant also could make Papadopoulos a less reliable witness.
Papadopoulos' attempts could end up helping the president, but in the meantime he hasn't helped himself. He'll still need to report to prison on Monday.