Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Lock him up, Trump says of his ex-lawyer

Lock him up, Trump says of his ex-lawyer

President Donald Trump on Monday called for a "full and complete" sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen, accusing him of lying about Trump's business dealings with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign to get reduced jail time.

Flynn participated in 19 interviews and gave the Mueller team "substantial" information.

They also said he provided help on other criminal investigations, although those details were redacted because the probes are ongoing.

The decision to recommend no jail time comes in a memo to be sent to the judge overseeing Mr Flynn's sentencing.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend between zero and six months in prison for Flynn, leaving open the possibility of probation. Trump has denied asking Comey to drop the investigation, but that conversation between the fired FBI director and the president is reportedly one under scrutiny by the special counsel's office as he investigates whether Trump attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation. One knowledgeable source said the bulk of Flynn's cooperation with the special counsel occurred immediately following his December court appearance.

Mr Flynn has admitted one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mueller's office did praise Flynn's character, saying his "record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part the investigation".

Flynn was a close adviser to Trump during the campaign - and famously led a "lock her up" Hillary Clinton chant at the Republican National Convention.

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time
Trump wants 'full and complete' sentence for his former lawyer Cohen

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting, June 21, 2017.

The list also includes his former presidential campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's colleague, Rick Gates, Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who began serving a short prison sentence last week.

The government notes that Flynn "falsely stated that he did not ask the Russian ambassador to refrain from escalating the situation in response to the sanctions" and further, "falsely disclaimed any memory" of his subsequent conversation with Kislyak, in which Kislak told Flynn that Russia had complied with Flynn's request.

Mr Flynn had been a fervent supporter of Mr Trump during the election campaign.

He has told friends that he is mystified that he is taking the fall for actions he carried out on behalf of Trump, who remains unscathed.

President Donald Trump passed Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as he arrives via Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 6, 2017.

Not just the campaign, but Trump's transition.

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