In the proceedings against the former National security adviser to US President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, has moved the Federal court to be the judgment of a surprise. Flynn’s lawyers had asked judge Emmet Sullivan to a shift, so that Flynn could continue its cooperation with the Russia investigation.

Sullivan granted this postponement, but said that Flynn had betrayed his country. He asked the defendant, prior to the choice to get now a potentially heavy prison sentence or to postpone the pronouncement of sentence until a date to be the Mueller investigation proceeded to Flynn’s willingness to demonstrate to the investigators better.

special investigator Robert Mueller had highlighted the “significant support” Flynn’s in its investigations. Mueller examines, among other things, whether there has been in the presidential campaign of 2016, the collusion of the Trump camp with representatives of Russia. Trump rejects it and speaks of a “witch-hunt”.

The lawyers at Flynn’s had requested a suspended sentence of not more than one year with minimal Supervision, and 200 hours of community service.

Flynn had known a year ago guilty in FBI interrogations deliberately false information about contacts with the former Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergey Kisljak. With Kisljak Flynnim December language 2016 illegally on US sanctions against Moscow and an upcoming vote on a UN Resolution on Israel’s settlement policy. Trump had already won the presidential election, in the office of his predecessor, Barack Obama was but still.

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