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Judge sets sentencing date for Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser and convicted felon, appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, and finally received a sentencing date: Dec. 18.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador, and he subsequently cooperated with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors. Tuesday's hearing was called because federal prosecutors and Flynn's attorneys were not able to agree on whether Flynn was ready to be sentenced, CBS News reports. Flynn's sentencing had been postponed several times, in order for him to continue cooperating with the government.

In June, Flynn hired a new attorney, vocal Mueller critic Sidney Powell. In two August court filings, Powell accused prosecutors of misconduct and manipulation, and claimed in court on Tuesday that Flynn never would have accepted a plea deal if the government had come forward with evidence favorable to Flynn. Federal prosecutor Brandon Van Grack, a member of Mueller's team, denied all of Powell's allegations.