Michael Flynn, ex-national security adviser to the US president, will be sentenced Tuesday for lying to the FBI, in a case related to the Russian plot.
judge will decide on Tuesday whether exasesor national security Michael Flynn is sent to prison for lying to the FBI , in a case related to an investigation of a possible collusion between the campaign team of President Donald Trump and Russia before the presidential election of 2016.
Hours before Judge Emmet Sullivan handed down the sentence against Flynn, at a hearing in Washington scheduled for 11.00 local time (1600 GMT), Trump appeared to be lending support to his former counselor.
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who leads the investigation into alleged Russian interference, asked Sullivan not to imprison former General Flynn for his military service and his “substantial” cooperation with the investigation.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador in Washington at the time.
Flynn told investigators in January 2017 that he did not talk about US sanctions against Russia with Kislyak, which he did, he acknowledged in a testimony.
However, Flynn’s compensated compensation agreement indicates that he can be sentenced to between zero and six months and that he can ask the court not to impose a fine.
His lawyers argued that he deserves indulgence because he was not warned before the meeting with FBI agents that it was a crime to lie to them.
They also say that the then deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, told him that “the quickest way” to conduct the interview was without the presence of lawyers.
So far, Flynn is the only former member of the Trump government who has pleaded guilty to a crime in Mueller’s extensive investigation, which involves 32 people and three Russian firms so far.
The president denies any collusion with Moscow and has insisted on describing the investigation as a “witch hunt.”