Dec 5, 2018

Mueller recommends no prison time for Michael Flynn

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to PresidentTrump. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Special counsel Robert Mueller has recommended no prison time for former national security advisor and Trump campaign aide Michael Flynn, citing his “substantial assistance” with the investigation, according to a new court document filed late Tuesday.

Why it matters: Flynn, who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about his conversations with former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak before President Trump’s inauguration, had agreed to cooperate fully with Mueller's investigation. Flynn’s guilty plea and move to cooperate was one of the first such deals in the Mueller probe.

What's new: In the court filing, Mueller's team explains that Flynn has sat for 19 interviews with prosecutors and assisted with "several ongoing investigations," including the special counsel's probe of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

  • Mueller's team can't reveal the details of all of Flynn's assistance, saying that the "investigations in which he has provided assistance are ongoing."

The backdrop: Flynn’s crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But under his plea agreement, he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask to court to waive any fine.

  • Mueller, who is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice, is also examining whether the president attempted to improperly shut down a FBI probe into Flynn, who briefly served as national security adviser.
  • Flynn is expected to file his sentencing memo on Dec. 11. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

The public release of the memo comes as Mueller is expected to file new court documents on the sentencing of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort later this week, both of whom also pleaded guilty.

Go deeper: Read the Mueller investigation's Michael Flynn sentencing memo

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Autopsies say George Floyd's death was homicide

Police watch as demonstrators block a roadway while protesting the death of George Floyd in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Preliminary results from an independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that his death in the custody of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from the family's attorney.

The latest: An updated official autopsy released by the Hennepin County medical examiner also determined that the manner of Floyd's death was "homicide," ruling it was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdued, restraint, and neck compression."

The Biden-Trump split screen

Photos via Getty Images: Jim Watson/AFP (L); Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency (R)

The differences between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are plain as day as the two respond to recent protests.

Why it matters: Americans are seeing firsthand how each presidential nominee responds to a national crisis happening during a global pandemic.

Louisville police chief fired after body cameras found inactive in shooting of black man

Louisville police officers during protests. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fired the city's chief of police Steve Conrad after it was discovered that police officers had not activated their body cameras during the shooting of David McAtee, a local black business owner who was killed during protests early Monday morning.

Why it matters: Mandatory body camera policies have proven to be important in efforts to hold police officers accountable for excessive force against civilians and other misconduct. Those policies are under even greater scrutiny as the nation has erupted in protest over the killing of black people at the hands of police.