Michael Flynn will have to wait until next year to learn if he’ll go to prison for lying to the FBI.
A federal judge delayed sentencing for the former national security advisor and the highest member of the Trump Administration charged in the Russia investigation.
Demonstrators taunted Michael Flynn outside federal court.
Before delaying sentencing, Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan appeared to be on the verge of slapping the disgraced former national security advisor with prison time for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US.
The judge did not mince words saying he won’t hide his “disgust or disdain for Flynn’s criminal offense,” telling him, “arguably, you sold your country out”.
Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty, but recently his defense team accused the FBI of treating him unfairly, claiming he wasn’t warned of the consequences.
In court, Flynn’s lawyers reversed course. Flynn accepted responsibility telling the judge he was aware that lying to the FBI was a federal crime.
“Where is General Flynn?”
President Donald Trump sent a supportive tweet before court, wishing Flynn good luck. “Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him about Russian collusion.”
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying, “We’re disputing any actions he engaged in; had nothing to do with the president. Maybe he did to those things, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the president directly.”
But, Flynn admitted to crimes committed while working for the president.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team recommended little to no jail time for Flynn, who’s facing up to six months because of his substantial cooperation which is likely not over.
Because of the ongoing need for Flynn in the Russia investigation, the judge repeatedly asked Flynn’s lawyers if they wanted to delay his sentencing, they took him up on his offer when it seemed prison time was a real possibility.
Flynn is scheduled to be back in court in March.