Mueller files recommendation for punishment of Mike Flynn

Leroy Wright
December 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The special counsel's office is calling Michael Flynn's cooperation "substantial" and is recommending no prison time for the former Trump administration national security adviser.

Trump's comments on Cohen contrasted with his expressions of sympathy for former associates caught in the web of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who faces sentencing after convictions of tax and bank fraud charges.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before President Donald Trump took office.

The coming court filings are expected to contain intriguing new details about the nature of the men's cooperation and where the Russian Federation investigation is ultimately headed.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend zero to six months in prison for Flynn.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of all Likely U.S. Voters still believe that Mueller's probe is likely to lead to criminal charges against the president, with 22% who say it's Very Likely.

Mueller's office says Flynn assisted them 'on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation'. Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

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He also pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to one count of lying to Congress last week, and his lawyers say he expects to cooperate further.

Last week Michael Cohen, Trump's former legal fixer, said he had lied to Congress about Trump's plans to build a tower in Moscow, in an attempt to protect the president. Stone has also waged a public campaign against Mueller.

"Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions", it continued.

Flynn's false statements stemmed from a January 24, 2017, interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his and others' interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's then-ambassador to the USA, as the Obama administration was levying sanctions on the Kremlin in response to election interference.

In an ABC News interview on Sunday, Stone, a veteran Republican political consultant, denied any impropriety and said he would never give evidence against Trump, with whom he has worked for four decades. The White House said he was sacked for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials about the content of his conversations with Kislyak.

Flynn also admitted to making false statements about unregistered foreign agent work he performed for the benefit of the Turkish government.

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