An adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump‘s election campaign has been ordered to jail following an effort to delay his two-week sentence.
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.
Coverage of George Papadopoulos on Globalnews.ca:
Papadopoulos tried to delay his sentence by capitalizing on a constitutional challenge to Robert Mueller’s authority as special counsel.
That case has seen a grand jury witness challenge the legality of Mueller’s appointment, Politico reported.
He argued that, should the challenge succeed, there was potential for his conviction to be thrown out.
U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss, however, didn’t feel that Papadopoulos’ arguments justified delaying his sentence.
He noted that the Trump adviser didn’t appeal his sentence and that he waived the right to challenge Mueller’s authority himself.
Moss also felt the constitutional challenge to Mueller’s authority was unlikely to succeed.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communication with a professor from London who informed him about thousands of emails possessed by the Russians that could hurt Clinton’s campaign for the presidency.
The Trump adviser subsequently met Russian nationals and tried to connect them with the Trump campaign.