Federal prosecutors have recommended that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, be sentenced to up to six months in prison for lying to investigators in the Russia inquiry, a reversal that came after he backed off his cooperation deal and began suggesting that he had not committed any crimes, the New York Times reports. The recommendation is a setback for Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general whose guilty plea in 2017 marked a stunning downfall. He provided extensive information to prosecutors, who first recommended leniency. They revised their position after he assumed a more aggressive posture. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
At first, prosecutors praised Flynn’s assistance to special counsel Robert Mueller, saying his “early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation.” Since then, prosecutors said, Flynn “has sought to blame almost every other person and entity involved in his case.”