'Something's Up': Judge Nap Doubts Mueller Probe Is Nearing the End

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to file a key memo on Tuesday that could shed light on the extent of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's cooperation with federal prosecutors throughout the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller, the special counsel leading the Trump-Russia inquiry, is scheduled to file a memo to court in Washington DC that will recommend a sentence for Flynn, who has been cooperating since December a year ago, when he admitted lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump said past year that Flynn was a "fine man", but he had to dismiss his national security adviser 21 days into the new administration because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador in Washington during the transition. However his plea agreement states he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask the court not to impose a fine. His sentencing is set for December 18.

US President Donald Trump called yesterday for a long jail term for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, who admitted lying to Congress about pursuing a real estate deal with Russian Federation on Trump's behalf during the 2016 election campaign.

Michael Cohen former lawyer to President Donald Trump leaves his apartment building on New York’s Park Avenue Friday Dec. 7 2018. In the latest filings Friday prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and if so how much. (A

But Flynn has largely remained out of the public eye, appearing only a handful of times in media interviews or campaign events, and he has strictly avoided criticizing the Mueller probe despite widespread encouragement from his supporters to go on the offensive.

Cohen admitted to investigators that he lied about Trump's interest in building a Trump Tower in Moscow despite running for president in 2016. Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes. He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

Cohen also pleaded he lied to Congress when he said the potential project to build Trump hotel in Moscow fell through in January 2016, when his talks to a Russian official about it actually ended in June 2016. A source close to Flynn said that after one campaign appearance for a Republican in California, the retired intelligence officer was advised not to make any further political appearances before the midterms and his scheduled sentencing this month. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russian Federation to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected.

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. Flynn was sacked from the White House on February 13, 2017, after he misled Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence, on his communications. Flynn was in the White House for less than a month before he was sacked for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for the work when he became national security adviser.

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