Michael Flynn has offered 'substantial' assistance to investigation; no prison time recommended

Citing the "substantial" assistance provided by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is recommending no prison time for the retired Army lieutenant general who had pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to federal investigators."Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range—including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration—is appropriate and warranted," Mueller's team said in a heavily-redacted memorandum prepared in advance of Flynn's sentencing later this month.

The court documents indicated that Flynn had met with investigators 19 times during the past year in which he has been cooperating with Mueller's team on multiple investigations, including the special counsel's inquiry into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

References to other investigations were redacted from the court documents, along with details about how Flynn's cooperation had contributed to the probes. Nevertheless, prosecutors were effusive in their praise of Flynn's early and wide-ranging cooperation.

“The defendant’s decision to plead guilty and cooperate likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming with the (special counsel’s office) and cooperate,” Mueller's team said in Tuesday's late evening court filing.
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