WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, is asking a federal judge to stay his two-week sentence until an appeals court rules in a separate case challenging the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal agents about his interactions with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also forfeited most of his rights to contest his conviction.
But his new attorneys say the appellate case could constitute new evidence that could allow him to mount a challenge. The case was brought by a witness refusing to comply with a Mueller grand jury subpoena.
Four different federal judges have upheld Mueller’s appointment as proper. Papadopoulos is scheduled to report to prison Nov. 26.