The Wall Street Journal: Mueller asks for no jail time for Flynn, citing cooperation with Russia probe

The Wall Street Journal: Mueller asks for no jail time for Flynn, citing cooperation with Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors recommended no jail time for Mike Flynn in a Tuesday filing, saying the former Trump aide had provided “substantial assistance” to the government in an investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller as well as on other matters.


In the sentencing memo filed as a result of a guilty plea last year to a count of lying to the FBI, Mueller’s team recommended leniency for Flynn, who was an early supporter of President Donadl Trump and briefly served as his national security adviser.


“Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations…a sentence at the low end of the guideline range — including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration — is appropriate and warranted,” Mueller’s office wrote.


Prosecutors said that Flynn had sat for 19 interviews with investigators, in addition to providing documents. Flynn has been helping the Justice Department on both the special counsel probe and a separate criminal investigation, details of which were blacked out in the court papers filed Tuesday. “His early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation” by the special counsel’s office, prosecutors said in the brief.


An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.


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