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Mueller Signals He's Ready for Michael Flynn Sentencing

The former National Security Adviser's legal battle could soon come to a close
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2018 6:50 PM CDT
Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, following a status hearing.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Special counsel Robert Mueller is ready for a judge to sentence former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to a court document filed Monday. The move would bring Flynn's involvement in the Russia investigation to a close nearly a year after he pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's team. It also comes just days after Mueller scored another key cooperator in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who pleaded guilty last week after a long fight against the special counsel. Since Flynn's plea, prosecutors had repeatedly delayed his sentencing as the investigation continued. But in the latest filing, they say they no longer need more time, suggesting that US District Judge Emmet Sullivan set a date in late November or early December, per the AP.

They also are asking the judge to allow them to file their sentencing memoranda no sooner than two weeks prior to the sentencing, a move that would keep the specifics of Flynn's cooperation from becoming public until after the midterm elections. Flynn, a retired US Army lieutenant general and a senior Trump surrogate during the presidential campaign, has been seen as a key cooperator in Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible involvement with Donald Trump's campaign. As part of the investigation, he admitted to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition and about his Turkish lobbying work.

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