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US President Donald Trump called yesterday for a long jail term for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, who admitted lying to Congress about pursuing a real estate deal with Russian Federation on Trump's behalf during the 2016 election campaign.

Mueller has said that on 29 December 2016, Flynn asked Russia's ambassador not to retaliate against Obama's sanctions, after receiving instructions from a senior member of Trump's transition team, who was with the president-elect at Trump's private club in Florida.

When he pleaded guilty past year, Flynn admitted to lying during an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview about the content of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

Prosecutors said Flynn's "record of military and public service" set him apart "from every other person who has been charged" in Mr Mueller's investigation.

In September, a federal judge on set Flynn's sentencing for December 18, more than a year after the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Federation during the presidential transition.

The recommended sentence for Flynn is the latest development in Mueller's investigation, which has also been closing in on former Trump confidants Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

"His early cooperation was particularly valuable because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the [special counsel's office]", Mueller's office wrote.

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The criminal charges included five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate. As part of his plea agreement, Flynn agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

Trump has tweeted in the past in support of Flynn, saying that Mueller had "totally destroyed" his life unfairly.

Flynn was a close adviser to Trump during the campaign - and famously led a "lock her up" Hillary Clinton chant at the Republican National Convention.

Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, pleaded guilty last week to lying to Congress about the president's business dealings in Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign. The plea deal said Flynn's cooperation may include answering questions, taking government-administered polygraph examinations, providing sworn statements and participating in "covert law enforcement activities". Flynn made the request after discussing it with deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and being told that Trump's transition team did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation.

Other than Flynn and Cohen, Mueller's team charged former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Not just the campaign, but Trump's transition.


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