Michael Flynn should be spared prison time, says Robert Mueller sentencing report

05 December, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Rachel Logan
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has said US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn cooperated with its probe into possible collusion between Trump's election campaign team and Moscow. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Flynn pleaded guilty to "willfully and knowingly" make "fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to cover-up meeting with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

But for the most part, prosecutors will spell out in detail the matters they believe the former Trump campaign chairman misled them about, and their public disclosures could shed new light on where the Russian Federation investigation stands.

The prosecutors haven't asked for no jail time in any of the other cases connected to the Russian Federation investigation.

Last week, Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his work on Trump Tower Moscow during the 2016 campaign and prosecutors accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his cooperation agreement by lying to the special counsel.

That substantial assistance led Mueller to recommend a light sentence.

Flynn became the first high-ranking Trump associate to agree to cooperate with the special counsel's prove when he pleaded guilty on December 1, 2017. At the time, the intelligence community was concerned the Russians could blackmail Flynn.

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The president's critics contend such statements about individuals who refuse to testify against him or give up potentially damaging information are signs he might pardon them, should they face federal charges.

Whatever it is that Flynn said, it's clear that Mueller liked it.

Mr Flynn had been a fervent supporter of Mr Trump during the election campaign. He will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on December 18.

The filing is the first time prosecutors have described Flynn's assistance since his guilty plea a year ago.

Flynn's downfall has caused him deep pain after a three-decade career and launching a private consulting firm in retirement, the Flynn Intel Group, where he grew closer with his son Michael Jr. after years of war deployments overseas.

On Monday, Trump praised longtime associate Roger Stone, who has been under scrutiny by investigators over his comments about leaked Democratic emails during the presidential campaign.

Sentencing memos filed by Mueller in other prosecutions so far, including former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, have contained new information about wrongdoing and cooperation by the subjects. The special counsel is reportedly gearing up to release similar memos on the two men later this week.

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