BREAKING: Mueller gives Flynn a pass and says he should get NO PRISON time because of the ‘substantial assistance’ he has provided in the Russia probe
Robert Muller says Michael Flynn should get no prison time because of the ‘substantial assistance’ he has provided in the Russia probe.
The special counsel said in a sentencing memo released on Tuesday night that the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general helped in several criminal probes.
Large parts of the document were redacted. The filing comes ahead of Flynn’s December 18 sentencing and more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to Russian government officials on Trump’s behalf.
Mueller had to file his recommendation for sentence before a midnight deadline on Tuesday.
It will give a federal judge an idea of how helpful Flynn has been in the investigation.
Robert Muller says Michael Flynn should get no prison time because of the ‘substantial assistance’ he has provided in the Russia probe
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend between zero and six months in prison for Flynn, leaving open the possibility of probation.
The detailing of Flynn’s cooperation also comes as Trump has increasingly vented his anger at the probe – and at one of his former confidantes who cooperated with it.
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 detailed conversations he had with the then-Republican presidential candidate. In the same morning, Trump 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!”
It’s unclear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, who Trump grew close to during the 2016 campaign and has drawn the president’s sympathy since he came under investigation.