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Mueller seeks no jail time for Trump's former NSA

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US has told a federal court that Donald Trump's former gave "substantial assistance" to the investigation and should not get jail time.

In a court filing released late Tuesday, Mueller said it would be "appropriate" for the to impose a sentence for Flynn that does not include prison time, the US media reported.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for Flynn to be sentenced to between zero and six months in prison and face up to a $9,500 fine.

According to the filing, Flynn sat for 19 interviews with the and other Justice Department offices, and his early cooperation gave prosecutors a road map for their investigation. It may have helped encourage others to cooperate, it stated.

Mueller's office said Flynn assisted it "on a range of issues, including interactions between individuals in the presidential transition team and " The rest of the sentence-long description of how Flynn helped in the Russian interference investigation was redacted, said in a report.

The details explaining how Flynn helped Mueller's investigation will increase pressure on Trump, who has repeatedly called the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".

Last week, Trump's former pleaded guilty to lying to about his work on the proposed during the 2016 campaign and prosecutors accused former Trump of violating his cooperation agreement by lying to the

Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators in January 2017 about his contacts with the Russian to the US and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

The filing also rehashed his misstatements to agents, including a second series of lies he told to the Justice Department regarding his contacts and work for the

Flynn had a brief stint as and was forced to resign on February 13, 2017, following revelations that he discussed sanctions with then-Russian and that the Justice Department had warned the that he was vulnerable to blackmail by Russia.

Months after his resignation, Flynn agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:48 IST