A federal judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the sentencing of Michael Flynn because the former national security adviser may provide additional cooperation to investigators.
The shocking development came after U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn that he could not guarantee that he would not receive jail time if he was sentenced Tuesday.
Judge Sullivan also said he was “not making any promises” Flynn would be spared prison at a future sentencing date.
Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and defense attorneys both recommend that the retired three-star lieutenant general face no prison time for lying to the FBI about his contacts with a former Russian ambassador.
Flynn also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his lobbying work on behalf of the Turkish government. But Judge Sullivan said he couldn’t hide his “disgust and disdain” with Flynn’s crimes, including working to covertly advance the interests of the Turkish government during the 2016 presidential election.
“Arguably, that undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out,” Judge Sullivan said. The court is going to consider that,” the judge said. “I cannot assure you if you proceed today you will not receive a sentence of incarceration.” Judge Sullivan continued his blistering attack on Flynn, telling him that his lies resulted in government officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and others to lie to the American people.
Flynn was fired from the Trump administration for lying to Mr. Pence about his contacts with the ambassador.
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