Flynn's December guilty plea to a charge lodged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into possible ties between Trump 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, was part of a deal for cooperation which allowed him to avoid much more serious charges of acting as an unregistered lobbyist for Turkey and Russian Federation.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the only former Trump administration official so far charged in the Russian Federation investigation, will be in court Tuesday for a procedural hearing about his sentencing - his first court appearance since he admitted that he lied to investigators seven months ago.
In response to the defense team's request for faster sentencing, Sullivan said he might reduce the usual time between the status update and sentencing by 30 days, NBC News reported.
"Lock him up!" some shouted as Flynn's group walked to a waiting vehicle and drove away. He was accompanied by his wife, Trish, and his attorney Robert Kelner who informed Judge Sullivan that Flynn is eager to "proceed with sentencing whenever possible". He also added that the elements of the case were "not likely to change in any material way".
At Tuesday's hearing, Flynn attorney Robert Kelner told the judge his cooperation agreement with prosecutors remains in effect.
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Flynn's lawyers and Mueller's prosecutors have agreed to update the court by August 24 on the progress that has been made, although Sullivan indicated he was willing to give them more time if it were needed.
Flynn is not the only person from Trump's team who agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's office. Judge Sullivan gave all parties the opportunity to ask questions, but none did. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his discussions with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential transition. However, in light of his cooperation with investigators, he is unlikely to receive a sentence on the severe end of the scale and could avoid jail time altogether.
Also Tuesday, a new lobbying and global equity consulting firm announced that Flynn would serve as the global strategy director - but Flynn's attorneys said later that Flynn had not joined the firm.
Sullivan also said he wanted a chance to meet Flynn for the first time and get to know the parties before sentencing.
In a statement to the Journal, Flynn senior said that in his new position, he would "work every day" to "enhance the goals of freedom and liberty" - by helping well-heeled individuals and foreign governments buy influence over American policy-making. Prior to his return to the working world, sources close to Flynn say he had been spending time with his family in Rhode Island this summer. "He's a beach nut". After Trump's victory in 2016, Flynn was named national security adviser but left the role shortly after Trump's inauguration amid controversy over his statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with Russia's ambassador. "He doesn't want to be viewed as a whiner".
Flynn resigned from his top White House post in February 2017 after the White House said that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about his contacts with Kislyak.