By Townhall. A federal judge ripped into former White House National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn Tuesday afternoon before delaying his sentencing. A new date will be set when his cooperation with Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel is complete, but will be delayed for at least 90 days. The request for a delay was made by Flynn’s attorney after he confirmed his guilty plea of lying to the FBI.
“All along, you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States. Arguably that undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably you sold your country out.” Judge Emmet Sullivan stated from the bench. “I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain, for this criminal offense.”
Flynn’s attorneys have requested no prison time be considered due to his life-long service to the United States and because of his extensive cooperation with Mueller’s investigation. Mueller’s prosecutors agreed and encouraged the judge not to put him behind bars. . .
Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn. Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2018
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Judge’s Rebuke of Flynn Upends Sentencing, Prolongs Case
By NBC Los Angeles. A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn’s behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and telling him in a stinging rebuke, “Arguably you sold your country out.”
Lawyers for Flynn requested the delay Tuesday after a tongue-lashing from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan raised the prospect that Flynn could spend time behind bars for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.
Prosecutors hadn’t recommended prison, but the hearing that began with the defendant upbeat and smiling took an unexpected turn when the judge said his sentence would take into account not just Flynn’s extensive cooperation with investigators but also the lies the Trump administration official told from the grounds of the White House.
“I can’t make any guarantees, but I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense,” Sullivan said.
The postponement gave Flynn a chance to continue cooperating with the government in hopes of staving off prison and proving his value as a witness, including in a foreign-lobbying prosecution brought this week. The possibility of prison had seemed remote for Flynn since prosecutors had praised his cooperation, including 19 meetings with investigators. (Read more from “Judge’s Rebuke of Flynn Upends Sentencing, Prolongs Case” HERE)