Trump urges 'full sentence' for his ex-lawyer Cohen in Russian Federation probe

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Special counsel Robert Mueller told a federal court Tuesday that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has given "substantial assistance" to the Russian Federation investigation and should not get jail time.

Flynn pleaded guilty last December to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with the Russian government while he was serving as White House national security adviser.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to give the first public insight into how much information President Donald Trump's former national security adviser has shared with prosecutors in the Russian Federation investigation.

His revelation in court that Trump and his family were kept informed about contacts over building a Trump Tower in Moscow has ratcheted up the pressure from the investigation on the United States president.

President Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller and his own former personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Twitter Monday. He will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on December 18.

In another tweet from December 2017, the president defended his actions in firing Flynn as his national security advisor, and pointed to the lies he admitted telling Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Mueller, as special counsel, was given the job of probing "any links and/or co-ordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". Because Trump's presidential bid was part of the reason to pay the women, it could have been classified as campaign contributions, the prosecutors argued.

According to memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey, Trump allegedly tried to protect Flynn at the time, calling him a "good guy" and asking Comey to dismiss the investigation into Flynn's false statements.

His sentencing was delayed for several months but even close confidantes have told ABC News they don't know why.

Flynn was forced to resign his post on February 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn's false statements. Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for Donald Trump, was for years Trump's do-it-all fixer who had a hand in several shady deals. Van der Zwaan received a 30-day sentence and Papadopoulos got a 14-day sentence. Flynn "made multiple false statements, to multiple Department of Justice ("DOJ") entities, on multiple occasions". "It doesn't suggest to me that they're making a lot of headway on the substance of their investigation which is Russian collusion".

The memo said prosecutors can't reveal the extent of his cooperation because "the investigations in which he has provided assistance are ongoing".

"Are there two sets of rules?"

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