The crime that Flynn admitted committing, formally known as “making false statements, ” carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to federal guidelines. Sullivan, a federal tribunal appointee of President Bill Clinton who first served on lower courts under Republican presidents, will ultimately be the one who chooses Flynn’s punishment .
The hearing comes as several other Mueller-related examples are unfolding in the Washington area. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces federal trials in Virginia and Washington, DC, the first of which is scheduled to begin in two weeks. And Mueller’s prosecutors are also wrangling in court with a Russian company that was indicted earlier this year for meddling in the US election through social media .
Another Trump campaign associate whom Mueller’s team charges with lying to associates and who pleaded guilty last year, George Papadopoulos, is set to be sentenced September 7.
Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to analyse Russian interference in the 2016 election, links between the Trump campaign and Russia, and “any matters” arising from the probe. His team of seasoned attorneys
embraced that broad mandate and has also examined potential blockage of justice, attempted meddling by other countries and old business dealings unrelated to the election .
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