Prosecutors Seek No Prison Time for Michael Flynn

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Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has provided “substantial assistance” to the U.S., special counsel, prosecutors told a federal judge Tuesday, recommending a nonprison sentence, reports the National Law Journal. Flynn has helped in “several ongoing investigations,” the prosecutors said in a heavily-redacted document. They noted his aid in a criminal investigation—although details were hidden behind redactions—as well as special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible coordination between President Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin in the 2016 U.S. election. Flynn has participated in 19 interviews with the Justice Department.

Prosecutors noted the “usefulness” of Flynn’s assistance, writing his “early cooperation was particularly valuable, because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight into events and issues under investigation by” Mueller. The memo is the first look into the extent of Flynn’s cooperation with the special counsel’s office after striking a plea agreement a year ago. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contact with ex-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18 by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, D.C. The likely would face up to six month in prison under his plea deal. On Friday, prosecutors are expected to disclose new details about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s alleged breach of his plea agreement by allegedly lying to federal authorities while cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.

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