Mueller could be a step closer to finishing his probe. Mueller recommended minimal sentences against Michael Flynn, due to the latter’s cooperation. Breitbart reports:
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday filed a long-awaited sentencing memo regarding his criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn and recommended he not receive any prison time after providing prosecutors with “substantial assistance.”
“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,” the filing reads. According to the document, Flynn participated in 19 interviews with investigators with the Office of the Special Counsel or Department of Justice, wherein the former Trump official gave “first-hand” information about communications between Trump transition team members and Russian officials, while assisting with a previously unknown “criminal investigation.”
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend Flynn be sentenced up to six months in jail and face a fine up to $9,500.
“The offense level and guideline range, however, do not account for a downward departure pursuant to Section 5K1.1 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines reflecting the defendants substantial assistance to the government, which the government has moved for contemporaneously,” the memo states.
It remains to be seen whether Flynn lied to Mueller to receive a minimal sentence, or whether he genuinely discovered unauthorized and illegal contacts with Russians.