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Michael Flynn's Sentencing is Delayed

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"Arguably, you sold your country out."

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On Tuesday, Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor, was expected to receive his sentencing from U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, but Sullivan instead postponed the sentencing. Before postponing, however, Sullivan accused Flynn of intentionally undermining the US government and said he could not guarantee he would spare Flynn from prison: he pointed to an American flag and said angrily, "Arguably, that undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably you sold your country out. The court's going to consider that," the judge said. "I cannot assure you, if you proceed today, you will not receive a sentence of incarceration."

Sullivan specifically called Flynn, "an unregistered agent of a foreign country, while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States", a strongly worded claim that the judge later clarified, saying, "I made a statement about Mr. Flynn acting as a foreign agent in the White House," He continued, "I was just trying to determine the benefit and the generosity of the government, don't read too much into the questions I ask."

The delay in sentencing was prompted by Flynn's attorneys, who decided on the delay after Sullivan called a recess in order to allow Flynn to decide whether he wanted to proceed and let the judge sentence him, or to delay in order to further prove his willingness to cooperate with Robert Mueller's special counsel in hopes of a less harsh sentence.

This delay is a major development in Flynn's case, as both prosecutors and defense attorneys previously agreed that Flynn should not face prison time due to his early cooperation with the investigation into Russian collusion. But prosecutors said Tuesday that, "The Court should reject the defendant's attempt to minimize the seriousness of those false statements to the FBI. Nothing about the way the interview was arranged or conducted caused the defendant to make false statements to the FBI."

On Tuesday morning, President Trump weighed in on the case, reiterating that there was no collusion, despite Flynn pleading guilty in court.


Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.


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