President Trump’s former national security advisor went to court today for sentencing, but the hearing took an unexpected turn.
Nikole Killion reported from the Federal Courthouse in Washington.
Michael Flynn left the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington without a decision on his future. The federal judge delayed sentencing for President Trump’s former national security advisor who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
Before offering the postponement, Judge Emmet Sullivan lashed out, telling Flynn “I can’t hide my disgust, my disdain…Arguably you sold your country out.” He warned that if he went ahead with sentencing, Flynn might not get full credit for his cooperation with investigators, which is still ongoing.
President Trump fired Flynn but tweeted support this morning, wishing Flynn good luck…under “tremendous pressure.”
“The FBI broke standard protocol in the way they came in and ambushed General Flynn and in the way they questioned him,” said Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary.
Flynn is one of five Trump aides who has entered a guilty plea in the special counsel probe. The retired army general has met with investigators 19 times so far.”
In light of Flynn’s cooperation, prosecutors had recommended no prison time. But the judge’s rebuke raised the possibility that Flynn could spend time behind bars. He said he still has many questions for both sides and called for a status report by March 13.
Just last week, the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison.