Sparks fly ahead of Flynn’s sentencing over FBI lie

Dec 18, 2018, 4:48 AM EST
Michael Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI over his meeting with Russian ambassador in 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI over his meeting with Russian ambassador in 2017, will be sentenced on Tuesday and faces a prison term of up to six months.

Ahead of the sentencing, Flynn’s lawyers said that he wasn’t warned before the interview with the FBI that it was a crime to lie to them, an argument that drew swift riposte from Mueller’s team, which dismissed the need for any such heads-up, notes Mail Online.

Mueller, in his formal recommendation to the judge, has sought no prison time for Flynn, citing his “substantial” cooperation in the Russia probe and his service to the nation as a military personnel, writes Reuters. The last-minute friction between the two sides, which have worked so closely, could be a deliberate attempt to evoke sympathy for Flynn by portraying him as a victim.