Case Against Flynn Nears End With No-jail Recommendation

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after returning to the White House in Washington

He agreed to cooperate with Mueller under a plea agreement in which he could be sentenced up to six months in prison and fined as much as $9,500.

"There seems to be no interest in the special counsel's office as to that crime and how Flynn's name got out there in the first place".

The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn's assistance in the Russian Federation investigation, including that he participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors.

President Trump has yet to comment on Mueller's memo, but his attorney Rudy Giuliani immediately downplayed Flynn's cooperation, telling NBC News that if the former adviser "had information to share with Mueller that hurt the president, you would know it by now".

The court filings urge no prison time for Michael Flynn due to his cooperation with the probe, and are heavily redacted.

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Mueller's team credited Flynn with serving 33 years in the U.S. Army, including five years in combat.

Mueller's office said Flynn's lengthy military and public service record should have made him "particularly aware" of the harm of lying to the government.

Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is accused of repeatedly lying to investigators since his guilty plea. They were internet fake ID salesman Richard Pinedo, who is now serving six months in prison in California even after he helped Mueller track down a Russian social media propaganda scheme; George Papadopoulos, who's finishing a two-week prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to lying about his interactions with foreigners while he was a Trump campaign adviser; and Dutch lawyer Alex Van der Zwaan, who served about a month in prison after he lied about his communications following a Ukrainian lobbying project. George Papadopoulos, a short-time Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was sentenced to 14 days - and that was after Mueller complained that Papadopoulos had not been cooperative when he was purportedly assisting the investigation. "If Trump said the same thing to [former FBI Director James] Comey, they apparently want to throw him in jail for it and it shows the double standard". "More seriously, Michael Isikoff recently reported that "Mueller's prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are "tying up loose ends" in their investigation" and have spoken with most of the people they need to in their inquiry into obstruction of justice".

She claimed that the real crime here is the leaking of Flynn's conversations with Kislyak and the unmasking of Flynn's name by a still-unnamed official in the Obama administration.

Mueller's office blamed Flynn for other senior Trump transition officials making misleading public statements about his contacts with Russian Federation, an assertion that matches the White House's explanation of Flynn's firing.

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Wall Street Journal editorial page columnist and Fox News contributor Kimberly Strassel said many of President Trump's political opponents are "salivating" over the redactions in Michael Flynn's sentencing memo, but there is still no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

Flynn's sentencing, which has been delayed a number of times for reasons that have never been disclosed, is scheduled to finally take place on December 18. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russian Federation to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected.

The transition team, which helped prepare Trump for the presidency after his election victory, included members of the Trump family and some of the president's closest advisers and confidants.

Flynn was forced to resign his post on February 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn's false statements.

According to Mueller's filing, Flynn has been helping investigators longer and on more Justice Department probes than had been previously known. Flynn also admitted that he misinformed Vice President Mike Pence about the communication with the Russian ambassador.

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