Mueller investigation: No jail time sought for Trump ex-adviser Michael Flynn

Mueller investigation: No jail time sought for Trump ex-adviser Michael Flynn

Mueller investigation: No jail time sought for Trump ex-adviser Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing today that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as "substantial".

Mueller's office says Flynn assisted them 'on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation'.

When he pleaded guilty a year ago, Flynn admitted to lying during an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview about the content of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. According to the addendum, Flynn has assisted with two other matters - at least one of them a criminal investigation - besides Mueller's Russian Federation probe, but those other matters are redacted.

Lawyers for Cohen asked the judge in a court filing on Friday not to sentence him to prison.

The president again accused Cohen of lying about making false statements to lawmakers so he could get a reduced sentence.

Under federal guidelines, the retired Army lieutenant general's crime carries a penalty of up to six months in prison.

At the end of the filing, the special counsel praised Flynn's early cooperation in the investigation. Not only did he draw notice to how soon into the investigation he agreed to cooperate, but he also pointed out how valuable his cooperation has been.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the president accused Cohen of cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe in exchange for a reduced sentence on the unrelated tax fraud and campaign finance charges.

When confronted by FBI agents about the conversations, court papers say Flynn made "material false statements and omissions", which impeded what was then an FBI counterintelligence investigation. Most notably, Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, aggressively fought the investigation and is now facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence after his cooperation agreement recently fell apart over allegations that he had lied to investigators.

Flynn was a close adviser to Trump during the campaign - and famously led a "lock her up" Hillary Clinton chant at the Republican National Convention. He has admitted he lied to Congress to help Trump and broke campaign finance laws by helping to arrange hush money for women who might have embarrassed Trump with accusations of infidelity as he was running for president.

He has told friends that he is mystified that he is taking the fall for actions he carried out on behalf of Trump, who remains unscathed.

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

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.

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