Judge's rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

Judge's rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

A United States federal judge has delayed sentencing President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in a case involving possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

Even then, Sullivan told Flynn he ought to consider a delay in his sentencing because there were no guarantees, the judge said, that he would not be incarcerated.

Williams said Sullivan was outraged that Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while in the White House, and slammed the defendant for "acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government while he was serving as national security adviser".

"Arguably you sold your country out", Sullivan told Flynn in a extraordinary tongue-lashing that raised the prospect that the judge could send the retired Army lieutenant general to prison, even though prosecutors have recommended against prison time, citing his cooperation in the Russian Federation probe.

Mueller's team sharply rebuffed Flynn, releasing the record of the interview and saying there was "nothing" in the FBI's actions that caused him to lie.

Cicilline also said that the judge is giving Flynn another opportunity to come forward with more information related to "any investigation".

"Arguably you sold your country out", he said.

How is Flynn relevant to the Mueller inquiry?

They gave General Flynn a great deal because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated - the Federal Bureau of Investigation said he didn't lie and they overrode the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

It is obvious that Judge Sullivan regards Flynn as guilty of far more serious crimes than he pleaded to or was even charged with committing.

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Flynn, who lives in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he and his wife grew up and where they have a deep social network, has not tried to retract his guilty plea, and there's every indication the sentencing will proceed as scheduled.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday set a status conference for March. The judge - who has a well-deserved reputation as both tough and fair - made several fundamental errors right at the outset.

The 60-year-old special counsel became national security adviser to Mr Trump after helping him win the 2016 presidential election - and began co-operating with the inquiry led by Mr Mueller after quitting the White House last year.

Flynn told investigators in January 2017 that he had not discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation with Kislyak, when in fact he had, according to his plea agreement.

After a break, Sullivan walked back his remarks somewhat, apologizing for his tone and correcting himself on when Flynn worked for Turkey.

Mueller's team has rejected any suggestion that Flynn was duped, with prosecutors responding in a sentencing memo Friday that there was no obligation to warn Flynn against lying.

"Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn".

In Flynn's case, he directed prosecutors to produce Federal Bureau of Investigation records at the center of his case, including portions of the notes from his January 24, 2017, Federal Bureau of Investigation interview. Flynn left the courthouse hand-in-hand with his wife, climbing into an SUV as protesters heckled and supporters chanted "USA!"

"We wish General Flynn well", Sanders said.

Last week, his legal team had argued that investigators never made clear to him it was a crime to lie, and had discouraged him from having a lawyer present.

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