U.S. special counsel Mueller recommends no jail time for Michael Flynn

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U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is recommending no jail time for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mueller's two-part sentencing memo said that Flynn had given investigators firsthand accounts of "interactions between individuals in the presidential transition team and Russian Federation".

Prosecutors said Flynn also provided help on other criminal investigations, although those details were redacted from the filing because the probes are ongoing.

The special counsel began investigating Flynn in May, 2017 and Flynn pleaded guilty for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December, promising to cooperate with the Mueller probe in exchange for a lesser sentence.

U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for "a long prison term" after his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen admitted lying to Congress about pursuing a real estate deal with Russian Federation on Trump's behalf during the 2016 election campaign.

With high-profile roles on President Donald Trump's campaign and transition team, Flynn, who retired as a lieutenant general in 2014, has likely guided Mueller through periods of intense investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Michael Flynn - who became national security adviser to Donald Trump after helping him win the 2016 presidential election - began co-operating with the inquiry led by Robert Mueller after quitting the White House previous year.

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The Mueller team added that the claim was to limit the ongoing Russian Federation interference investigation.

Trump has described Mueller's probe as a political witch hunt and Russian Federation denies interfering in the election.

The detailing of at least some of Flynn's cooperation also comes as Trump has increasingly vented his anger at the probe - and at one of his former confidantes who cooperated with it.

Prosecutors said Flynn had originally lied about contacts he had with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Minutes later, Mr Trump praised his 2016 presidential campaign adviser Roger Stone as someone who would "never testify against him", claiming that showed the former aide had "guts".

Flynn could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but is likely to receive a lesser sentence.

According to memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, Trump tried to protect Flynn by asking Comey to let the investigation into his false statements go.

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In the tweet, Trump asked why Cohen was allowed to get away with "terrible" things "having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc." - a reference to Cohen's legal trouble around a tax evasion case involving a NY taxi business - without serving a prison sentence. Corsi has released documents showing Mueller's prosecutors offered him a deal to plead guilty to a false statements charge but he's rejected the offer.

The situation reportedly has shaken Trump, who during a G-20 summit appeared reluctant to take reporters' questions as he met with other world leaders.

Days earlier Mueller's team scrapped a plea deal with Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, after he allegedly continued lying to investigators even after promising to cooperate.

Not only did he draw notice to how soon into the investigation he agreed to cooperate, but he also pointed out how valuable his cooperation has been.

Cohen and his attorneys also cited the payments he made to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump, strongly implying in their filing that President Trump is the person referred to as "Client-1"- which had widely been assumed.

Virginia Democratic senator Mark Warner said Mr Trump's tweet was "serious", adding: "The President of the United States should not be using his platform to influence potential witnesses in a federal investigation involving his campaign".

"Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time".

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