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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday asked a federal judge to begin the sentencing process for former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos after delaying his court proceeding for months, CNN reports.

Papadopoulos, who pled guilty under seal in October after admitting he lied to the FBI about his communications with three individuals—two of which are Russians.

Former federal prosecutor and MSNBC contributor Joyce Alene said the move “likely means Mueller won’t use Papadopoulos as a trial witness.

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“Whether that’s because he won’t be indicating anything he could be useful for, because the case is tight without him and/or because there is an issue with putting [him] on the witness stand isn’t clear yet,” Alene wrote on Twitter.

 

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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