Mueller says Flynn gave “substantial assistance” in Russia probe, zero jail time is “appropriate”

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Michael Flynn
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended to a federal court that Michael Flynn should not get jail time due to his “substantial assistance” in the Russia probe and other ongoing investigations.

Flynn served as National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump for a very short period in early 2017. He pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and decided to cooperate with Mueller in December.

In a heavily redacted court filing, Mueller said, “The defendant deserves credit for accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government.”  He also stated that a “sentence at the low end of the advisory guideline range is appropriate and warranted.”

Based on the federal sentencing guidelines, Flynn could get a prison time of zero to six months and pay a penalty of up to $9,500.

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is set to sentence Flynn on December 18.

Flynn’s “early cooperation was particularly valuable”

An Addendum to the court filing described the extent of Flynn’s cooperation with the Special Counsel’s Office (SCO).