Mueller investigation: No jail sought for Trump ex-adviser

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The guilty plea from Mr. Trump's onetime fixer, Michael Cohen, to the charge of lying to Congress about Mr. Trump's proposed Moscow Trump Tower real-estate deal illustrates the classic singing of a mob-culture "canary". He also gave paid speeches to at least two other companies with ties to Russian Federation.

The special counsel's office says Flynn cooperated with the investigation into links or coordination between the Russian government and members of Trump's team.

The addendum did mention that Michael Flynn had "assisted the SCO's investigation on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the Presidential Transition Team and Russian Federation".

But the filing's lengthy redactions also underscore how much Mueller has yet to reveal.

The newly installed Trump administration was briefed about the lies in late January, and, according to then-FBI boss James Comey, the President asked him to "let this go" when it came to Flynn.

It was filed two weeks ahead of Flynn's sentencing and just over a year after he became the first of five Trump associates to accept responsibility by pleading guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

The special counsel concludes by noting that Flynn's early guilty plea, "likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming with the [special counsel's office] and cooperate". Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

Flynn also worked on the intelligence committee of Trump's transition team at the same time he was conducting lobbying work for the Turkish government.

Friends and relatives have said Flynn, who at 2016 campaign rallies led chants of "Lock her up!" about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is eager to face the judge and accept his fate following his dramatic guilty plea nearly exactly one year ago.

In a memo and addendum, Mueller recommends a lenient sentence for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

He may also begin to add context and answers to some of the intriguing clues he has dropped in a probe that has so far seen three people sentenced, one convicted at trial and seven guilty pleas and has charged 36 people and entities with a total of 192 criminal counts. He will be sentenced in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on December 18.

Previously, Mueller's office has told judges that the defendants they cut deals with did not help them as extensively.

The filings could shed more light on what Mr Mueller has discovered, with more charges against Trump associates expected as he enters his "endgame".

"Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards", Mueller said in the sentencing memo filed in federal court in Washington.

"The defendant has assisted with several ongoing investigations", the addendum said.

The Special Counsel published its long-awaiting sentencing guidelines for Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's national security adviser during the 2016 campaign as well as a few weeks of his presidency.

The sentencing memo was "respectfully submitted" by special counsel Mueller himself.

Prosecutors said the two men discussed United States sanctions against Russian Federation and that Flynn also asked Kislyak to help delay a UN vote seen as damaging to Israel.

"Specifically, on March 7, 2017, the defendant made materially false statements in multiple documents that he filed pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act ("FARA") pertaining to a project he and his company had performed for the principal benefit of the Republic of Turkey ("Turkey project")", the filing said.

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