Mueller Won’t Seek Jail Time for Ex-Trump Advisor
Michael Flynn had admitted to lying to the FBI about his private talks with former Russian ambassador Sergei Kiselyak about lifting sanctions on Moscow
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has recommended that Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn not serve prison time.
This comes a year after Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI about his private talks with former Russian Ambassador Sergei Kiselyak, about lifting sanctions on Moscow.
He is one of five of Trump’s associates who have been indicted or have pleaded guilty in the extensive probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
“Those conversations were really significant because in those conversations Flynn had basically encouraged Kislyak to not retaliate for sanctions that were imposed by the Obama administration for election hacking,” Associated Press Reporter Eric Tucker said.
The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller shows Flynn participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors.
“He has met dutifully with the prosecutors and that stands in contrast to some of the other defendants who have really openly challenged Mueller’s authority, who have lied even after they have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate,” Tucker said.
Flynn was forced to resign from his post in 2017 after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials warned Trump’s team about Flynn’s false statements.