In the midst of a federal investigation into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russian agencies, the President’s former National Security Advisor: Retd. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorneys requested US District Judge Emmet Sullivan to postpone the former’s sentencing until his cooperative interrogation with the FBI is complete.
The surprise move came after Judge Sullivan reprimanded Flynn for lying to federal authorities on his discussions with the then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak about Washington’s sanctions on Moscow.
As part of a federal investigation in relation to Michael Flynn’s sentencing, the same was delayed after the former’s attorneys requested for it.
District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in a federal court in Washington on Tuesday: “This is a very serious offense. A high-ranking senior official of the government making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House.”
Sullivan later asked Flynn and his lawyers whether they would want to delay the verdict after he noted that the latter’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller would be taken into account. However, Michael Flynn was told that the gravity of his offense would also influence the sentencing. The Judge has directed all parties to file a status report on March 13.
Special counsel Robert Mueller had earlier recommended the court that a lenient sentence with no jail time be given to Michael Flynn due to his “substantial assistance” in the investigation against President Trump’s controversial election campaign.
The former NSA is suggested to have provided valuable information to Robert Mueller on issues such as contacts between members of the Trump transition team and the Russian Federation.
The hearing precedes a week of high drama, after Flynn told the court that he was unaware about the offense relating to falsify against federal agencies.
Sullivan said Tuesday the filing had concerned him because Flynn “raised issues that may affect or call into question his guilty plea, at the very least his acceptance of his guilty plea.”
The case tuned rather hostile against the accused when Sullivan asked Mueller’s representatives whether Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador were indeed treason. Although Sullivan later clarified he was not suggesting that Flynn’s acts were treasonous.
Flynn’s tenure as the President’s National Security Adviser was cut short over allegations that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Kislyak. Flynn admitted to lying during his Jan. 24, 2017, interview with the FBI, thus exposing possible collusion between the White House and Kremlin.
President Trump tweeted “good luck” to his former national security adviser before his hearing and alleged that Michael Flynn had been under pressure by Mueller to provide “crucial information” on “collusion” between the Commander-in-Chief’s campaign and Russia, a charge which Trump vehemently denies.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the FBI of ambushing Flynn and asserted that his crime “doesn’t have anything to do with the president directly.”
Michael Flynn’s conviction follows Paul Manafort (Trump’s former campaign chairman) and Michael Cohen’s who have been found guilty of manipulating campaign funds, foreign lobbying and false statements. A series of cases against the President’s former associates is bound to tarnish Donald Trump’s tenure.
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