Lawyers for Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment." The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which last week said that Flynn's cooperation—including 19 meetings with investigators—was so extensive that he was entitled to avoid prison when he is sentenced next week, the AP reports. "Having made a serious error in judgment, for which he has shown true contrition, he recognized it was consistent with the values by which he has led his life simply to provide the facts to those charged with enforcing our laws," his lawyers wrote in requesting a sentence of probation and community service.
President Trump's former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations during the presidential transition period with the then-Russian ambassador to the US, will become the first White House official punished in the special counsel's ongoing probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election. His Dec. 2016 phone calls discussing Obama administration sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak triggered intelligence community alarms and led weeks later to his ouster from the White House after administration officials maintained that he had lied to them about the communications. (Mueller's court filing suggested those who refuse to cooperate could be harshly punished.)