Ex-Trump aide Flynn does not deserve jail, lawyers say

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That interview with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka ultimately led to Flynn's guilty plea on one count of making false statements regarding wiretapped communications with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing.

Federal authorities undertaking a national security probe are ordinarily under no obligation to inform interviewees of their right to an attorney unless they are in custody, as long as agents do not act coercively.

Cohen's sentence, resulting from both the special counsel's investigation and a related case from Manhattan federal prosecutors, will be the most significant marker yet in the overarching Russian Federation investigation, which has encircled Trump and numerous senior officials in his orbit.

President Trump said in a new interview overnight that if he were to be impeached, the people would revolt. As described in the Addendum, shortly after the SCO reached out to the defendant to seek his cooperation, the defendant accepted responsibility for his unlawful conduct and began cooperating with the government. Flynn is relaxed and hopeful even as the possibility of prison looms when he's sentenced in the Russian Federation probe.

Still, Flynn's lawyers, Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, said their client never backed away from accepting responsibility for his crime, and he quickly began cooperating with federal investigators, ultimately sitting for almost 63 hours of questioning.

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In contrast, he has said Cohen, who has co-operated with federal prosecutors, should go to jail. Courts have never had to answer the question of whether the president can pardon himself.

Though Mueller the Merciful has recommended that he get no prison time, the general was forced to sell his home and went bankrupt defending himself.

After a Washington Post report on January 12, the special counsel's office wrote, Flynn "repeated the same false statements to multiple members of the Presidential Transition Team, including Vice President-Elect Michael Pence, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer".

As part of a plea deal, he agreed at the time to cooperate with the Russian Federation investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into allegations of collusion between Moscow and the 2016 election campaign of President Donald Trump.

Flynn's legal team said they had reviewed 13 similar false-statements cases over the past decade, finding only two where prison time was imposed on defendants. The highly redacted document didn't reveal much of anything about what Flynn has told prosecutors, but what it did make clear is that he's spilling his guts.

Flynn is set to be sentenced next Tuesday - but Sullivan's move might delay that date, or lead to other dramatic and unexpected changes in the case. It was a major revelation amid the ongoing investigations from prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) as well as special counsel Robert Mueller. Around the same time, President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal charges. One of the documents is a memo authored by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe summarizing his involvement in Flynn's January 24, 2017, FBI interview.