Robert Mueller urges no jail for Michael Flynn

Robert Mueller urges no jail for Michael Flynn

The special counsel said that some of the information Flynn gave is sensitive, and related to ongoing investigations, so it asked that part of an addendum to the sentencing memo be sealed.

Mueller has said that on 29 December 2016, Flynn asked Russia's ambassador not to retaliate against Obama's sanctions, after receiving instructions from a senior member of Trump's transition team, who was with the president-elect at Trump's private club in Florida.

He said that no top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials believed that Flynn lied - including Peter Strzok, Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page - though Mueller still sought him anyway.

"The defendant's extensive government service should have made him particularly aware of the harm caused by providing false information to the government, as well as the rules governing work performed on behalf of a foreign government".

Flynn had allegedly passed messages about easing sanctions on Russian Federation from the Trump campaign to Kislyak and back.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a sentencing memorandum in the case of Flynn, who pleaded guilty previous year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding conversations about sanctions with the Russian ambassador.

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A discussion of Flynn's assistance in the mystery criminal investigation included roughly a page of redacted text. The sentencing guidelines for Flynn's offense suggest 0 to 6 months of incarceration. Trump said, suggesting some of Cohen's NY business dealings were illegal. It went on to say, "He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence". He has also been scrutinized by the intelligence community, and likely Mueller, for his contacts with high-ranking Russians before and during his short time in the administration. Cohen said he lied to support Trump's public claims that he was not involved in any Russian Federation deal at the time. Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. Stone has also waged a public campaign against Mueller.

Cohen's lawyers, meanwhile, submitted a sentencing memo on his behalf last week that contained a slew of bombshells about Trump and his interactions with Cohen past year and before the 2016 election.

He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

President Donald Trump has called the investigation a witch hunt and denies there was any collusion between his team and Russian officials to try to secure his election victory. The White House said he was sacked for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials about the content of his conversations with Kislyak.

Mr Flynn's short tenure as Mr Trump's national security adviser ended in February 2017 after just 23 days.

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