Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, once called by his supervisor “easily the best Intelligence professional of any service,” has asked a federal judge to further delay his sentencing for lying to the FBI.
Back then, Sullivan asked both sides to give him a status report on March 13. In the report, Flynn requested a further delay.
The prosecutors, from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, took no position on the request, and said that “while the defendant remains in a position to cooperate with law enforcement authorities, and could testify in the [Virginia] case should it proceed to trial, in the government's view his cooperation is otherwise complete.”
ChargesFlynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place when President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russia in December 2016. He also pleaded guilty to lying about asking Russia to vote against or delay the vote on a U.N. Security Council resolution.
Finally, he pleaded guilty to lying about his foreign lobbying disclosures regarding the extent to which his work benefiting the Turkish government was overseen by that government. Foreign lobbying paperwork violations are seldom prosecuted. Flynn said the work started in August 2016. He shut down his lobbying firm in November 2016.
As part of the deal, Flynn was only charged with lying to the FBI and not with lying about the lobbying disclosures.
Flynn Jr.Flynn ran his lobbying company, Flynn Intel Group, with Rafiekian.
His son, Michael Flynn Jr., also worked for the company, but he isn’t mentioned in the Virginia case.
“If the elder Flynn is willing to cooperate with investigators in order to help his son, two of the sources said, it could also change his own fate, potentially limiting any legal consequences,” the report stated.
Flynn’s plea agreement includes no mention of Flynn Jr.
The Mueller team may have used the threat of indicting the son as leverage and cut Flynn an under-the-table deal on the matter, opined former FBI agent and Epoch Times contributor Marc Ruskin.
“It would be done with a wink and a nod,” he said in a phone call, later adding that “it wouldn’t be binding, but it would be like an understanding.”
Such a deal would be “unethical,” Ruskin said.
“To twist the father’s arm with regard to his child is a pretty low thing to do, but we’ve seen low things done in these cases.”