Pros­e­cu­tors rec­om­mend no jail time for co-op­er­a­tive Flynn

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Wash­iNG­ToN — u.s. Pres­i­dent don­ald Trump’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser pro­vided so much in­for­ma­tion to the spe­cial coun­sel’s rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion that pros­e­cu­tors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, ac­cord­ing to a court fil­ing that de­scribes michael Flynn’s co­op­er­a­tion as “sub­stan­tial.”

The fil­ing by spe­cial coun­sel robert mueller pro­vides the first de­tails of Flynn’s as­sis­tance in the probe into rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion and pos­si­ble con­tacts with the Trump cam­paign.

Flynn par­tic­i­pated in 19 in­ter­views with pros­e­cu­tors and co­op­er­ated ex­ten­sively in a sep­a­rate and undis­closed crim­i­nal probe, ac­cord­ing to the fil­ing. but the doc­u­ment’s lengthy redac­tions also un­der­score how much mueller has yet to re­veal.

it was filed Tues­day, two weeks ahead of Flynn’s sen­tenc­ing and just over a year after he be­came one of five Trump as­so­ciates to plead guilty in the rus­sia probe — in his case ad­mit­ting to ly­ing to the Fbi about con­ver­sa­tions with the rus­sian am­bas­sador to the u.s. be­fore Trump took of­fice.

Though pros­e­cu­tors with­held spe­cific de­tails of Flynn’s co-oper­a­tion be­cause of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, their fil­ing none­the­less il­lus­trates the breadth of in­for­ma­tion mueller has ob­tained from peo­ple close to Trump as the pres­i­dent in­creas­ingly vents his anger at the probe — and those who co­op­er­ate with it.

This week, Trump ac­cused his for­mer lawyer, michael co­hen, of mak­ing up “sto­ries” to get a re­duced prison sen­tence after plead­ing guilty to ly­ing to congress and also praised long­time con­fi­dante roger stone for say­ing he wouldn’t tes­tify against Trump.

it’s un­clear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, whom Trump bonded with dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign.

Trump has re­peat­edly lamented how Flynn’s life has been de­stroyed by the spe­cial coun­sel’s probe. at one point, he tried to pro­tect Flynn by ask­ing for­mer Fbi di­rec­tor James comey to drop an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his al­leged false state­ments, ac­cord­ing to a memo comey wrote after the Fe­bru­ary 2017 en­counter.

That episode, which Trump has de­nied, is among those un­der scru­tiny by mueller as he probes whether the pres­i­dent at­tempted to ob­struct the rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines rec­om­mend be­tween zero and six months in prison, and mueller’s of­fice said Flynn’s co-oper­a­tion mer­its no prison time.

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In this Jan. 22, 2017 photo, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn ar­rives for a White House se­nior staff swear­ing in cer­e­mony in the East Room of the White House, in Wash­ing­ton.

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