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Michael Flynn seeks no prison time for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Michael Flynn seeks no prison time for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Flynn's sentencing has been postponed four times over the past year.

Lawyers for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn will make a sentencing recommendation in a court filing due by the end of the day, while Paul Manafort's defense team is expected to argue that the ex-Trump campaign chairman never intentionally lied to prosecutors.

In a pointed response filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Mueller, by and through his office, issued a pointed rebuttal.

If it indeed proves to be the case that Flynn and his legal team received these exculpatory documents only after pleading guilty because Judge Sullivan ordered Mueller's team to turn over anything they'd been withholding, not only is this case going to be tossed, the federal prosecutors involved in it are going to face legal discipline for their behavior.

"A sitting national security adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired lieutenant general, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents", the prosecutors wrote.

JOHNSON: You know, the lawyers say he is taking responsibility for making a bad decision and breaking the law, but then they go on to cite a couple of very interesting paragraphs - the circumstances surrounding his January 27 interview with two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in the White House.

The 178-page memo, signed by co-counsel Robert K. Kelner and Stephen P. Anthony, included letters of support from 50 people who knew Flynn.

Flynn, 60, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators on December 1, 2017 - the first high-ranking Trump adviser to agree to formally cooperate with the special counsel's probe.

The interview was arranged by the FBI deputy director at the time, Andrew McCabe, who was sacked later after internal FBI investigators found that he had not been forthcoming about authorizing discussions with a reporter about a pending investigation.

Flynn also lied to then incoming-Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the transition team, causing President Trump to reluctantly fire him in December 2017.

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Wallace noted that this wasn't just a "one-off" because Flynn was lying for weeks before the interview, saying "there's certainly a pattern here".

It did not appear to be a move by Flynn's lawyer to get the conviction tossed out, he added.

The meeting with Flynn in the White House was set up by then-FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe, who served as the agency's acting director after James Comey was sacked by Trump as FBI director in May 2017.

The mainstream media just spent the past year claiming Contreras' sudden removal from this case meant nothing much at all, and the subsequent 12 months of sentencing delays was due to all that awesome cooperation Flynn was supposedly giving to Mueller for his investigation into Trump and his associates.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US during the presidential transition period.

And the order comes as President Donald Trump and Flynn's supporters have escalated their arguments that Flynn was pressured or tricked into lying.

Trump tweeted about Flynn on Thursday, alleging that the special counsel had recommended a lighter sentence because prosecutors were "embarrassed" by the way Flynn was treated.

Flynn, however, agreed to be interviewed alone. He said the president directed him to make hush money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Heck said Butina is just "one of many. He has cooperated extensively with several Department of Justice investigations", and did so before his guilty plea, the lawyers said.

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