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Mueller Recommends No Prison Time for Former Trump Adviser Michael Flynn

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Special counsel Robert Mueller recommended no prison time for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, citing the “substantial assistance” he has given in the Russia probe.

“Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth, 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 wrote in a sentencing memorandum to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Flynn — President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor — pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators regarding conversations he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period following the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller’s memo noted The Washington Post had run a story in early January 2017, alleging (based on leaked phone conversations collected from Obama administration’s intelligence agencies) that Flynn’s conversations violated the Logan Act.

The rarely invoked law, enacted during the John Adams administration in 1799, “prohibits U.S. citizens from corresponding with a foreign government with the intent to influence the conduct of that foreign government with disputes with the United States,” the special counsel wrote.

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Many former government officials pointed out following The Post story and since that it is the normal course of business for incoming administration officials, such as Flynn, to speak with representatives of foreign governments during the transition period.

FBI agents (including now disgraced former agent Peter Strzok) interviewed Flynn in late January 2017, days after Trump took office, during which Mueller alleges the then-national security advisor made a “series of false statements” about the topics covered in the conversations with Kislyak.

After pleading guilty to one court of lying to federal investigators in December 2017, Flynn agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, and, according to Mueller, has participated in 19 interviews.

The former three-star Army general is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18, ABC News reported.

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Mueller, himself a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, cited Flynn’s three decades of military service, in addition to his participation with the Russia probe as something the federal court should take into account when sentencing Flynn.

“The defendant’s record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part the (special counsel’s) investigation,” he wrote.

“However, senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards,” Mueller continued. “The defendant’s extensive government service should have made him particularly aware of the harm caused by providing false information to the government, as well as the rules governing work performed on behalf of a foreign government.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has been very critical of Mueller’s investigation, reacted to the special counsel’s memorandum regarding Flynn shortly after it was released Tuesday night.

“If you believe in this constitutional republic, equal justice under the law, application of our laws, you ought to be very concerned and outraged,” he said on Tuesday night’s “Hannity.” “General Flynn’s entire life has been put in limbo for an entire year for this? I have read the entire report. They even used the Logan Act, which is actually rarely ever used or invoked. But Hillary and the Espionage Act?”

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“Flynn lost his house because he couldn’t afford the attorneys,” Hannity added. “He had to sell his house. His life’s work, 33 years of serving his country, washed down the drain for this? Reputation destroyed for this?”

The Fox News personality further pointed out, “And don’t forget, we know that they got through a lot of this information, through what? We knew he was the victim of illegal surveillance, illegal unmasking, illegal leaking of raw intelligence. What about the people involved in those crimes? His rights were violated at every level.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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