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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller rejected former Trump campaign aide George Papadopolous' request to delay his jail sentence, a court document said on Wednesday.

    "The motion should be denied," the document stated. "The defendant has no pending appeal, his motion is made for purposes of delay, and he has not presented a substantial legal question that is likely to result in reversal."

    Papadopolous, who admitted to lying to the FBI in the Russia probe, is due to surrender on November 26.

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    Earlier an attorney for the former Trump campaign aide asked the court to delay his client's surrender date.

    "[W]e submit this motion respectfully requesting that the Court stay the deadline of November 26, 2018, for Mr. Papadopoulos to surrender to the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons, pending the outcome of this Court's decision on his motion for bail pending the appeal," the filing said.

    The motion for an order continuing Papadopolous's bail was submitted on November 16 pending the outcome of an appeal challenging the constitutionality of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    Earlier, on October 5 of 2017, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI when questioned in the probe into allegations of Trump-Russia's collusion in the 2016 US presidential election and meddling in the US political system.

    Papadopoulos was sentenced to a 14-day incarceration in exchange for agreeing to cooperate with Special Counsel Mueller’s team. Papadopoulos also received one year of supervised release, 200 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine.

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    Russia has repeatedly denied all allegations of meddling in the US political system, saying the allegations were made up to excuse the election loss of a presidential candidate and deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption.

    US president Donald Trump has repeatedly called the Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation a witch hunt that has not produced evidence of collusion in well over a year.


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