Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded with a federal judge to spare him jail time for lying to FBI agents, saying he takes responsibility for an “uncharacteristic error in judgment.”
Flynn’s lawyers are requesting that he receive no more than one year of probation and 200 hours of community service, according to a memo filed by Flynn’s defense team.
The request comes about one year after Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US during the presidential transition period.
As part of a plea deal, he agreed at the time to cooperate with the Russia investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into allegations of collusion between Moscow and the 2016 election campaign of President Donald Trump.
In a surprise move last week, Mueller recommended Flynn serve no prison time, citing his “substantial assistance” in the ongoing…