Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Michael Flynn meets karma on his way to the courthouse door

Michael Flynn meets karma on his way to the courthouse door

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the only former Trump administration official so far charged in the Russian Federation investigation, will be in court Tuesday for a procedural hearing about his sentencing - his first court appearance since he admitted that he lied to investigators seven months ago.

Kelner also said Flynn, who faces up to six months in prison, could agree to shortening the normal gap between the end of his cooperation with prosecutors and a sentencing hearing because the underlying facts of his plea deal have not changed. It was the first time Flynn had appeared in court since his guilty plea past year to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition and his Turkish lobbying work.

The in-court proceeding had no reflection of the intense partisan politics that's developed around Flynn's case - especially on Twitter as his family members have pleaded for contributions to his legal defense fund and others expressed doubt about the validity of his charge.

"We can not comment on General Flynn's considerations about the timing of the announcement, but we have faith in his patriotism and long history of service to our country", Muzin and Allaham told the Journal.

Attorneys for Michael Flynn said Tuesday that he had not joined a consulting firm as he awaits sentencing and called an announcement from the firm issued hours earlier to the contrary a "misunderstanding".

The two parties jointly asked that a probation officer prepare a report on how Flynn's background fits with federal sentencing guidelines. Apparently dissatisfied with both sides' response, Sullivan directed Flynn to come to court Tuesday. "General Flynn has not joined Stonington and did not personally issue any public statement". A different Washington judge, US District Judge Rudolph Contreras, took Flynn's plea December 1, before recusing himself for undisclosed reasons.

Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan last week ordered Flynn and the prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller back to court to hash out some details regarding Flynn's sentencing. However, prosecutors are not required to set a sentencing date even after the report is complete.

Prosecutors typically postpone sentencing for witnesses until their cooperation - including testimony before a grand jury or at trial - no longer is needed, and routinely do so jointly with cooperating defendants in submitting periodic status reports with a sentencing judge. That's fine as well, the court is not going to pressure parties to sentencing, " Sullivan said.

Flynn's lawyers and Mueller's prosecutors have agreed to update the court by August 24 on the progress that has been made, although Sullivan indicated he was willing to give them more time if it were needed.

Flynn was charged as part of the probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into whether an illegal conspiracy existed between Trump's allies and Russian authorities to influence the 2016 election.

White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks at the White House in Washington, Feb. 1, 2017.

The lifelong intelligence official had blown the opportunity of a lifetime: After securing the role of national security adviser in the Trump White House, Flynn managed to get himself fired just 23 days into the job.

His plea revealed that he was in touch with senior Trump transition officials before and after his communications with the ambassador. The pre-inauguration communications with Kislyak involved efforts to blunt Obama administration policy decisions - on sanctions on Russian Federation and a United Nations resolution on Israel - potential violations of a rarely enforced law.

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