Federal prosecutors have changed their tune in the Michael Flynn case, recommending that the retired three-star Army general receive up to six months in prison for lying to investigators regarding his contacts with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak.
Prosecutors had previously recommended no jail time for Flynn's cooperation.
Prosecutors noted in a Tuesday filing that while Flynn "has sought to assist and aid the government," there were periods "where the defendant has sought to thwart the efforts of the government to hold other individuals, principally Bijan Rafiekian, accountable for criminal wrongdoing."
Flynn is accused of failing to accept responsibility and "complete his cooperation" - as well as "affirmative efforts to undermine" the prosecution of Rafiekian."
Flynn case update:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 7, 2020
DOJ reverses prior recommendation and asks that Flynn be incarcerated for 0-6 months.
They previously asked for no jail time. pic.twitter.com/kbDoh86K0u
The 67-year-old Rafiekian, an Iranian-American and Flynn's former business partner, was charged with illegally acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.
🤡Prosecutor Van Grack:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 7, 2020
Flynn's assistance in the Special Counsel's investigation was "never substantial."
How is that possible if Flynn's cooperation helped them to conclude there was no collusion with the Russians? pic.twitter.com/jawp90Mmuy
Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced January 28 after US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan dismissed Flynn's request to find prosecutors in contempt and claims of entrapment.
Read the full Gov't Sentencing Memo here:https://t.co/xb5fmT3V2D— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 7, 2020