Flynn asks judge to spare prison sentence for cooperating with Mueller investigation

Michael Flynn Argues Against Prison Time in Russia Investigation, Cites 'Uncharacteristic Error in Judgment'

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Lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller praised Flynn for his fulsome cooperation with issues core to the investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 election and whether any Americans connected to the Trump campaign aided in that conspiracy.

Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who famously led a chant of "lock her up" at the 2016 Republican National Convention, has asked a federal judge to spare him jail time after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI previous year. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about whether he had talked to former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 on limiting the Russian government's response to former President Barack Obama's recently imposed sanctions for election meddling.

Flynn's absence from the public eye, despite entreaties from supporters to take an aggressive stance against the Russian Federation investigation, has made him a source of continuing public intrigue.

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The filing says that Flynn sat for 19 interviews with the special counsel and the Department of Justice during the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

"His cooperation was not grudging or delayed", Flynn's lawyers wrote in a sentencing memo.

Flynn, according to Mueller's team, had numerous contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which they reportedly discussed how to improve United States relations with Russia, and then he lied about them when questioned by the G-men.

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Disgraced former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey admitted this week that he broke standard procedure by sending two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to directly interview former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn at the White House; confirming "I sent them". Then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who had arranged the interview but wasn't present for it, was sacked for what the Justice Department called a lack of candor involving a media leak. Even as prosecutors recommend no prison time for Flynn, they've left open the possibility they may seek additional charges against Manafort, who is already facing years in prison following separate convictions in Washington and Virginia.

The request from Flynn's lawyers aligns with the recommendation of Mueller's team, which said last week that Flynn has given "substantial assistance" to "several ongoing investigations".

But Flynn's lawyers couldn't help but offer a few excuses for their client, either. Federal sentencing guidelines suggest up to six months in prison. A judge gave Manafort until January 7 to respond to prosecutors' claims that he misled them about his interactions with an associate who they say has ties to Russian intelligence and with Trump administration officials.

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Jackson says if the two sides can't agree, she'll need more information than what was included in a government filing last week to determine whether Manafort violated his plea deal. They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign.

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