Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had a rough day in court Tuesday after the judge cast doubt on whether he would accept a deal between Flynn and the government that would have most likely allowed Flynn to avoid prison.
After Flynn reaffirmed his guilty plea for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials and lobbying work on behalf of Turkey, federal Judge Emmet Sullivan went after the former Trump advisor, even questioning if he should have been charged with treason. “Arguably, this undermines everything this flag over here stands for,” the judge said. “You sold your country out.” After the judge went after Flynn, defense attorneys asked for more time before his sentencing.
Flynn had been cooperating with the Mueller probe as part of a deal. He sat for nearly 63 hours of interviews and turned over thousands of documents. Flynn has also met with Justice Department officials conducting separate investigations.
Three other defendants in Mueller’s probe: former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to the same crime of lying. Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is also facing legal trouble.
Flynn served only 24 days as Trump’s National Security Advisor- the shortest tenure in the office’s history. He resigned after the White House learned he lied to the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Prior to his brief stint as National Security Advisor, he was a loyal soldier for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Before Flynn became a right-wing antagonist during the 2016 campaign, ironically leading a chant of “lock her up!” at the Republican National Convention, he was fired from his job in the Obama administration. Flynn was booted in 2014 from his position as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, largely because of mismanagement and temperament issues.