Tuesday 17 September 2019

Ex-aide begins prison term for lying to FBI

Washington

Papadopoulos was sentenced in September. Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin, File
Papadopoulos was sentenced in September. Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin, File

Andrew Buncombe

Donald Trump's one-time advisor George Papadopoulos has been ordered to go to jail, after he failed to persuade a judge to delay his two-week sentence.

Papadopoulos, who last year admitted lying to FBI agents about conversations with Russia-linked intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign, sought to delay the sentence while proceeding with a separate legal action challenging the constitutionality of Robert Mueller's investigation.

US District Court Judge Randy Moss said Papadopoulos' arguments had failed to justify a delay. As part of his plea deal with the team of Mr Mueller, which is investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 race, Papadopoulos forfeited most of his rights to contest his conviction.

"The court, accordingly, concludes that Papadopoulos' motion for a stay pending his appeal of this decision lacks merit," Mr Moss said.

Papadopoulos was sentenced in September, and along with the two weeks he must spend in jail, he must serve 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of $9,500 (€8,400).

"People point and snicker and I am terribly depressed," he told the judge.

"This investigation has global implications and the truth matters."

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