After originally recommending leniency, federal prosecutors on Tuesday told a judge they believe former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn should be sentenced to up to six months in prison for lying to the FBI about the nature of his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States.
Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty in 2017 and began cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. Prosecutors said his assistance was valuable and he should receive probation, but last year, his new legal team switched tactics, accusing prosecutors of misconduct. The government wrote in its sentencing memo that Flynn "ultimately hindered" the prosecution of his former lobbying partner Bijan Rafiekian and no longer deserves any credit for working with them.
"Far from accepting the consequences of his unlawful actions, he has sought to blame almost every other person and entity involved in his case, including his former counsel," the prosecutors wrote. Because of Flynn's initial cooperation, his sentencing was pushed back several times, but last month, a judge rejected his allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and scheduled his sentencing for Jan. 28.