Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Special counsel notes Flynn’s cooperation, recommends no jail time

Special counsel notes Flynn’s cooperation, recommends no jail time

He is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, who was tasked to investigate whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election.

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

Mueller had to file his recommendation for sentence before a midnight deadline on Tuesday.

Catherine Herridge of Fox News indicated that Flynn could have faced up to five years of prison time for the charges he plead guilty to, which included lying to federal investigators. He belatedly registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for the work weeks after he left the White House.

This week, Trump lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up "stories" to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress. Trump also praised longtime confidante Roger Stone for saying he would "never testify against Trump", adding in his tweet: "Nice to know some people still have 'guts!'"

An attorney for Flynn and a spokesperson for the special counsel declined to comment.

Mueller's office says Flynn assisted them 'on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation'. According to the filing, Flynn has been cooperating in "several ongoing investigations". One knowledgeable source said Flynn's cooperation largely took place immediately following his December 2017 court appearance.

US President Donald Trump has called for a "full and complete" sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen, weighing in on a judicial proceeding with accusations Cohen lied about dealings with Russian Federation during his 2016 presidential campaign. Manafort was convicted on multiple counts of financial fraud over the summer in connection with work he completed in Ukraine as a political consultant. In addition, Mueller's office announced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated terms of his plea agreement. Cohen told the Senate Intelligence Committee that discussions about the project with Russian Federation ended in January 2016, prior to the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the presidential primaries.

Cohen admitted he lied to Congress when he said efforts to pursue the Moscow real estate ended in January 2016, when they actually continued until June 2016, after Trump had clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

After the plea deal, Trump described Cohen as weak and a liar and said he himself did nothing wrong in relation to the Moscow project. He is now serving a 14-day prison sentence.

He is at the center of what's believed to be an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.

"It's heavy on false statements charges, and that doesn't suggest that it's moving in the right direction for the prosecution", Trusty said.

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