Prosecutors said Monday they’re ready for a federal judge to sentence President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn — a sign special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is nearing an end, The Wall Street Journal reported.
In a joint filing with Flynn’s lawyers, Mueller’s office asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to schedule the sentencing for Nov. 28 or in the following seven business days.
The date ensures that Flynn’s sentence won’t be known until after Election Day, Nov. 6.
Flynn pleaded guilty last December to lying to investigators about his calls with Moscow’s ambassador a month before Trump’s inauguration.
At the time, prosecutors said Flynn was cooperating in the continuing investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and any links to the Trump campaign, and delayed Flynn’s sentencing, the Journal noted.
Flynn has been out of prison as he awaited his sentencing, and has discussed joining a lobbying firm. He likely faces less than six months in jail, with the possibility of receiving only probation, the Journal reported.
Flynn served on Trump’s campaign and briefly in the administration as the president’s national security adviser. He was forced to resign from the post in February 2017, when it was revealed he misled Vice President Pence and other administration officials about his contacts with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
According to court filings, Flynn lied to FBI investigators about his contacts with Kislyak during a January 2017 interview.
The development is the latest involving Trump associates who’ve pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s probe. On Friday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges related to his foreign lobbying efforts and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team as part of his plea agreement.
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