Trump Praises Stone for Refusal to Testify in Mueller Probe

Erika Holt
December 5, 2018

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.

According to Peskov, Russia is interested in building ties with the United States on the basis of "reciprocity", but very often it's not what the Americans want. Mueller is recommending no jail time.

Flynn pleaded guilty last December to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russian government while he was serving as White House national security adviser.

Flynn, who turns 60 on Wednesday, is among a number of people in Trump's orbit who have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

The fact that the special counsel recommended that Flynn not be incarcerated doesn't suggest that his crime was unimportant. He is now serving a 14-day prison sentence.

The document is likely to provide a federal judge with details of how valuable the retired U.S. Army lieutenant has been to the special counsel, at a time when the investigation reportedly is tying up "loose ends."

The memo extends to seven pages, but numerous details were redacted from public view.

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The list also includes his former presidential campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's colleague, Rick Gates, Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who began serving a short prison sentence last week.

Except for a handful of public appearances and speeches, the former DIA director has kept a low profile over the past year.

Flynn's sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 18, and prosecutors are due to submit a sentencing memo for him on Tuesday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors in the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller's team is looking into whether Stone, an informal adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign, was in communication with WikiLeaks before the website publicized stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Flynn's downfall has caused him deep pain after a three-decade career and launching a private consulting firm in retirement, the Flynn Intel Group, where he grew closer with his son Michael Jr. after years of war deployments overseas.

Cohen, once Trump's self-described "fixer", admitted he lied to Congress when he said efforts to pursue the Moscow project ended in January 2016, when they actually continued until June 2016, after Trump had clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

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