Robert Mueller urges no jail for Michael Flynn

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The special counsel's office is calling Michael Flynn's cooperation "substantial" and is recommending no prison time for the former Trump administration national security adviser.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors in the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller determined Cohen lied to congressional investigators, and the former Trump "fixer" admitted to making false statements about the nature and scope of work he did on the Moscow tower project, including revealing the work went on well into Trump's 2016 campaign for the White House and included talks with a Kremlin official in an attempt to get Russian President Vladimir Putin's support for the project.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the president accused Cohen of cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe in exchange for a reduced sentence on the unrelated tax fraud and campaign finance charges.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12 after pleading guilty on Thursday to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations, and lying to the US Congress.

He then campaigned vigorously for Trump in 2016, encouraging audience members during his speaking turn at the Republican national convention in Cleveland, who were chanting "Lock her up!" when he mentioned Hillary Clinton's name.

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The filing says that Mueller recommends no prison time for Flynn after he has provided the investigation with "substantial assistance" in the investigation.

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen exits Federal Court after entering a guilty plea in Manhattan, New York City, November 29, 2018.

He also pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to one count of lying to Congress last week, and his lawyers say he expects to cooperate further. One knowledgeable source said Flynn's cooperation largely took place immediately following his December 2017 court appearance. Unclear. We do know that Mueller has referred information to the Southern District of NY, including the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen that led to his guilty plea for campaign finance violations, as well as bank and tax fraud.

In an ABC News interview on Sunday, Stone, a veteran Republican political consultant, denied any impropriety and said he would never give evidence against Trump, with whom he has worked for four decades.

Other than Flynn and Cohen, Mueller's team charged former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Van der Zwaan received a 30-day sentence and Papadopoulos got a 14-day sentence.

"The defendant has also assisted with the SCO investigation concerning links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign", it read. This suggests that the investigation may not be wrapping up soon. Flynn "made multiple false statements, to multiple Department of Justice ("DOJ") entities, on multiple occasions".

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