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Michael Flynn sentencing: Robert Mueller set to recommend prison term for former Trump aide

Robert Mueller is set to recommend jail term for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The office of U.S. Special Counsel Mueller is about to suggest in a court filing the punishment that Flynn should face after he admitted lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, Reuters reported.

Flynn, who held the post for 24 days, made the admission in December 2017, and is so far the only member of the Trump administration who has admitted to a crime during Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Flynn admitted that he had lied to the agency about conversations he’d had with then Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Prosecutors said that Washington’s sanctions against Moscow were among topics discussed.

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Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse following a pre-sentencing hearing July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Special Counsel Robert Mueller will make a sentencing recommendation for Flynn. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

There is a maximum five-year sentence for Flynn’s crime of lying to the FBI but a plea agreement means he could face a sentence of up to six months, and no fine, Reuters reported.

Flynn will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on December 18.

The Mueller investigation has also seen charges laid against the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and campaign deputy Rick Gates, as well as Michael Cohen, who last week admitted to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow.

Trump says Mueller’s probe is a witch hunt and has denied colluding with Russia. Moscow also denies interfering in the elections.

CNN reported that the court filings on Flynn and his ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could offer new details into Mueller’s investigation.

The network said that Flynn’s conduct could bring others to Mueller’s attention, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence and ex-deputy national security adviser KT McFarland.

“In the year since he was charged, Flynn has been a recluse, and mystery surrounds the scope of his cooperation with Mueller. Some of that intrigue could begin to clear on Tuesday,” CNN reported.