Former Trump adviser Flynn to be sentenced for lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

US Flynn sentencing postponed after hearing

The Latest: Trump wishes Flynn 'good luck' before sentencing

Michael Flynn's sentencing in the special counsel's case was delayed for 90 days on Tuesday during a hearing that saw the judge handling the case question whether the former national security adviser committed treason against the U.S.

The Constitution limits the role of federal judges to actual "cases and controversies", and there was no controversy regarding the appropriate sentence of probation for Flynn.

President Donald Trump's former national security chief on Tuesday received a delay in sentencing for lying over Russian contacts, after a judge threatened him with stiff jail time and said: "You sold your country out".

Flynn's lawyers have asked for the delay to allow the former General time to complete his co-operation in the Russian Federation probe, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "The defendant chose to make false statements about his communications with the Russian ambassador weeks before the Federal Bureau of Investigation interview, when he lied about that topic to the media, the incoming Vice President, and other members of the Presidential Transition Team". Court documents made public past year show that members of Trump's transition team knew about Flynn's requests to the ambassador a month before the inauguration.

"I can't make any guarantees, but I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offence", Sullivan said.

After Comey refused, Trump fired him, an act which led to Mueller's appointment as an independent prosecutor in charge of the Russian Federation probe.

The notes also show Flynn told agents he didn't ask Kislyak to see if Russian Federation would vote a certain way on a United Nations resolution involving Israeli settlements.

He later pleaded guilty to lying about what was said during those conversations.

According to Yahoo News, Judge Emmet Sullivan "ordered the 302 placed on the public docket" because "Flynn's legal team raised the question in their sentencing memo to the judge of whether Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tried to lay a perjury trap on Flynn".

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U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday set a status conference for March.

In private meetings he pressured then-FBI director James Comey to pull back the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation contacts, Comey has testified. The possibility of prison had seemed remote for Flynn, who was smiling and upbeat as he entered the courtroom, since prosecutors had praised his extensive co-operation and didn't recommend any time behind bars.

"I felt bad about that", Sullivan said of his statement that Flynn was working for Turkey while in the White House.

A group of protesters, including some who chanted "Lock him up", gathered outside the courthouse on Tuesday, along with a large inflatable rat fashioned to look like Trump.

Reading the memo, it's clear that agents gave Mr. Flynn adequate warning about lying, and tried to refresh his memory on key elements of their questioning several times, but despite their attempts Flynn continued to lie.

"We wish General Flynn well", Sanders said.

The notes show Flynn told agents he didn't ask Kislyak not to escalate Russia's response to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration over election interference.

Former FBI Director James Comey criticized the broadsides on the Flynn investigation during a Monday appearance on Capitol Hill, saying, "They're up here attacking the FBI's investigation of a guy who pled guilty to lying to the FBI".

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