DOJ Reverses Stance, Says Michael Flynn Deserves up to 6 Months in Prison

New troubles: A whistleblower says Michael Flynn promised to end sanctions on Russia to help a US-Russia nuclear plan for the Middle East as he became President Trump's national security advisor last January
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn deserves up to six months in prison, the Justice Department said Tuesday, reversing its earlier stance.

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States, including about his request that Russia not escalate tensions with the U.S. in response to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration for election interference.

At the time, he was the closest Trump associate to agree to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. He met repeatedly with prosecutors over the following months as they investigated whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the election.

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