Federal judge Emmet G. Sullivan delayed his sentencing Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn until March 2019, but did skewer him in court, notes the New York Times (video below):
All along you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser. Arguably that undermines everything that this flag over here stands for. Arguably you sold your country out.
Sullivan gave Flynn the option of delaying the sentencing until he (Flynn) had completed his cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors:
I cannot assure that if you proceed today you will not receive a sentence of incarceration.
As Flynn left court, supporters shouted: “USA! USA!” while detractors yelled, “Lock him up! Lock him up!”
Meanwhile on CNN, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa debunked a conspiracy theory that the FBI entrapped Flynn and forced him to lie:
I read that 302 that was released by [special counsel Robert] Mueller’s team last night, and Michael Flynn was anything but pressured into lying. In fact, the FBI agents who interviewed him reminded him of conversations that he’d had that they were asking him about that he initially did not disclose.
What is really telling is what Mueller said in the sentencing memo: That Flynn was committed to his story. He wasn’t even sweating it! He wasn’t showing any signs of deception. And from a counterintelligence perspective, this is really concerning because this means that there is already a cover story that has been decided upon.