US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office will make a sentencing recommendation for former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday, in a court filing that is expected to shed light on the extent of Flynn’s cooperation in the Russia probe.
Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. He will be sentenced in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on December 18.
He is so far the only member of President Donald Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered during Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US election and potential collusion by Trump aides.
Flynn’s crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. However, his plea agreement states he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask the court not to impose a fine.
Flynn, a retired army general, was forced to resign after he was found to have misled Vice President Mike Pence about discussions he had with Russia’s then-ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
Under a plea bargain deal, Flynn admitted in a Washington court that he lied when asked by FBI investigators about conversations with Kislyak just weeks before Trump took office.
Prosecutors said the two men discussed US sanctions against Russia and that Flynn also asked Kislyak to help delay a UN vote seen as damaging to Israel.
With the road to his sentencing now clear, the question that remains is whether his links to Qatar. In July this year, Al Arabiya English published a report on how the United States’ former national security advisor has joined a Washington firm that lobbies for Qatar.
As mentioned in the report, Stonington Global, led by a former Republican campaign consultant and registered lobbyist Nick Muzin, announced that Flynn had signed on as director for global strategy.
Whether this would lead to further details related to Flynn’s “deal” with Qatar emerging remains to be seen.
American rapper Ice Cube and his business partner have confirmed in a lawsuit, that the Qatari investor referenced in a series of tweets from Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, that Ahmed al-Rumaihi had boasted about bribing Flynn.
Miami based columnist Grant Stern, who is expert in such cases, said that lawyers representing the State of Qatar in a federal lawsuit just exposed their royal family’s links to a US “spy ring.”
He quoted a source in New York with knowledge of the lawsuits against Qatar, believes that public release of some records could expose key details related to Qatari Royals’ role in the Trump-Russia dossier.