Mueller investigation: No jail time sought for Trump ex-adviser Michael Flynn

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That episode, which Trump has denied, is among those under scrutiny by Mueller as he probes whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation. Manafort was hit with the same obstruction charges and pleaded guilty in September.

In July, he was also spied in Washington National Airport waiting for a flight, unwittingly just feet away from Donald Trump Jr., the president´s son who is believed to be a target of the investigation.

Flynn failed to disclose to the US government that he was working closely with Turkey in 2016, as required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), until March 7 2017 - about a month after he was sacked from Trump's administration. Last week, Trump told the New York Post that a pardon for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was not off the table.

The sentencing of Flynn, a retired United States army lieutenant general, was delayed four times after Mueller repeatedly said he needed more time "due to the status of the investigation" - an indication that he wanted to protect sensitive information.

After the plea deal, Trump attacked Cohen as weak and a liar.

In an interview with investigators on 24 January 2017, four days after Trump's inauguration, Flynn lied to investigators about conversations he had the previous December with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, in which Flynn appeared to be trying to undermine the policy of then-President Barack Obama.

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Those contacts, including with a top aide to President Vladimir Putin, continued throughout the first half of 2016 even after Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, Cohen admitted.

On Thursday, Cohen added an additional guilty plea, admitting that he lied to Congress about an ultimately unsuccessful effort to build a Trump building in Russian Federation.

"You mean he can do all of the awful, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?" the president said on Twitter.

"He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence", the president added.

Minutes later, Trump lavished praise on his former campaign adviser Roger Stone. According to Mueller's office, the hacker who stole those e-mails and went by Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian government official in Moscow; however, Stone has maintained that there is no evidence proving that Guccifer 2.0 is Russian or has any direct connection to the Russian government.

Stone then posted a screenshot of Trump's tweet with a caption that said he was proud of their 40-year relationship and "prouder still of the unbelievable job he is doing making America Great Again!"

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Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) weighed in later. Kilimnik has already been charged by Mueller with witness tampering.

Jens Ohlin, a professor at Cornell Law School, said there was no rule that prevents people from weighing in on what courts are doing but "it's highly unusual and inappropriate for the president to insert himself in the judicial process this way".

"This is one more example of one of the president's closest allies lying about their ties to Russia and Russians", he said. "I think that is a statement of how Mueller is going to approach the remainder of his investigation as he starts thinking about the people in the White House".

Trump's message had an immediate effect on supporters.

"Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions", the filing said.

But under powers granted to them by the Justice Department, special counsels can seek special permission from the investigation's supervising attorney to indict a president.

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