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Michael Flynn’s lawyers argued Wednesday that he should not face jail time for making false statements to the FBI, while also accusing federal prosecutors of trying to suborn perjury from the former national security adviser in a case involving his former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian.
“The government tried to manufacture facts in the Rafiekian case and they thought they could strongarm Mr. Flynn into helping them through perjury,” Flynn’s lawyers wrote in a sentencing memo filed Wednesday.
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“Mr. Flynn should receive a sentence, if any, of probation and community service,” they added.
Flynn’s lawyers criticized prosecutors for revising their sentencing recommendation for the retired Army general. In December 2018, prosecutors recommended that Flynn receive only probation, citing his “substantial” cooperation with the special counsel, as well as in an investigation of Rafiekian on charges that he conspired to work as an unregistered agent of Turkey.
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Flynn pleaded guilty Dec. 1, 2017, in the special counsel’s probe to making false statements to FBI agents Jan. 24, 2017, regarding his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He pulled out of a sentencing hearing Dec. 18, 2018, after Judge Emmet Sullivan indicated he was prepared to issue a sentence that included jail time.
Flynn changed up his legal strategy in the ensuing months, hiring Sidney Powell, an ardent critic of the...
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