President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, his attorney Robert Kelner and his wife Lori Andrade arrive at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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A U.S. judge fiercely criticized President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn Tuesday for lying to FBI agents, and delayed sentencing to ensure Flynn cooperates fully with an investigation into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. During the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told the retired lieutenant general that he "arguably" had sold out his country. Special counsel Robert Mueller, leading the investigation, had asked the judge not to sentence Flynn to prison because Flynn already had provided "substantial" cooperation to prosecutors over the course of many interviews.But Sullivan told Flynn his behavior was abhorrent, noting that Flynn had also lied to White House officials, who in turn lied to the public.Several former Trump aides have pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe, but Flynn was the first former official of Trump's White House to plead guilty.Flynn's plea deal stated he was eligible for a sentence of between zero and six months.
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