Michael Flynn Faces Potential Prison Time Today When He Is Sentenced

Michael Flynn Faces Potential Prison Time Today When He Is Sentenced

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) that it was clear during Michael Flynn's hearing that Judge Emmet G. Sullivan thought the former national security adviser had committed a "very serious offense".

Judge Sullivan earlier lashed out at US President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, saying, "I can't hide my disgust, my disdain" at his crime.

He is the first Trump administration figure to face sentencing in the probe into alleged Kremlin election meddling.

Trump signalled his intense interest in the case by tweeting "good luck" to Flynn hours before the sentencing. In the meantime, President Trump has the power to pardon Flynn or commute his sentence, either now or after the sentence is imposed.

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.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russian Federation investigation, had asked for Flynn to be spared prison time. It is also possible that Flynn "is continuing to cooperate with the government", prosecutor Brandon Van Grack said Tuesday.

"The defendant provided substantial assistance to the attorneys in the Eastern District of Virginia in obtaining that charging document", Brandon van Grack told Judge Sullivan.

After that he moved into politics on the far right and joined Trump's election campaign as a senior advisor.

At one point, Judge Sullivan asked the prosecutor whether the special counsel's office had ever considered charging Flynn with treason.

In a series of biting questions, Judge Sullivan undermined Flynn's lawyers' line of argument, pressing Flynn on whether he knew that lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was a crime and pushing his attorneys to make the case that their client had indeed been entrapped. Prosecutors shot back, "He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth".

"Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the special counsel's office said.

Several protesters were at the courthouse on Tuesday as Flynn arrived, along with a large inflatable rat.

Aside from Flynn's conversations with the Russian, he admitted to lying about his lobbying work for the Turkish government as it sought to build American support for the extradition of a cleric and political opponent living in Pennsylvania.

He falsely told investigators in January 2017 that he had not discussed USA sanctions against Moscow with Mr Kislyak before Mr Trump had taken office, according to his plea agreement.

The specific resolution was not detailed, but the discussion was held one day before the Security Council voted to condemn Israel's settlements in Palestinian territory.

The state sued the foundation in June, accusing it of "persistently illegal conduct", naming the president, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who were on the board.

But Flynn was left off Monday's indictment of two of his business partners for illegally working for Turkey.

Revelations of those discussions led to Mueller's probe of his actions.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed the investigation. To each question, the lawyers answered that Flynn knew what he did was wrong, that he had not been tricked by the agents and that he still wanted to plead guilty. Investigators have examined key episodes such as Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his fury over the recusal from the investigation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

An additional outcome of Comey's firing was that Trump himself came under investigation for attempted obstruction of justice.

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