A Federal Judge on Tuesday once again delayed sentencing for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
A federal judge on Tuesday again delayed the sentencing of Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security advisor and the only former White House official charged in the sprawling Russia investigation.
The retired Army lieutenant general appeared in court for the first time since he pleaded guilty on Dec. 1 to one count of lying to federal agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.
Tuesday’s hearing provided no hints about the direction of the Mueller probe, which has produced criminal charges against 20 individuals since last fall. Mueller has not signaled whether he is close to wrapping up his investigation, as Trump’s lawyers and supporters have demanded.
As part of Flynn’s plea deal, he agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors and his sentencing has been delayed. The special counsel’s office and Flynn’s lawyers recently asked the probation office to prepare a pre-sentence report, a standard step that normally involves an investigation into a convicted criminal’s background to document extenuating circumstances that might lessen the sentence, or a criminal history to justify a heavier sentence.
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called for the hearing to determine why the court shouldn’t follow its standard practice of preparing a report and scheduling a sentencing date at the same time. The probation office is already overworked, Sullivan said Tuesday.
Flynn’s lawyers and prosecutors agreed to delay preparation of the pre-sentence report, although Flynn's lead attorney, Robert Kelner, emphasized that he hopes to move quickly toward resolution.
"Gen. Flynn is eager to proceed ... when that is possible," he told the judge.
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