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Michael Flynn seeking to withdraw guilty plea

Powell also argued that the government was going back on its promises by seeking a prison sentence for Flynn after agreeing in 2018 that a sentence of mere probation would be appropriate in his case. “The prosecution seeks to rewrite history and send Mr. Flynn to prison,” she wrote. “The government’s new Supplemental Memorandum in…

Powell also argued that the government was going back on its promises by seeking a prison sentence for Flynn after agreeing in 2018 that a sentence of mere probation would be appropriate in his case.

“The prosecution seeks to rewrite history and send Mr. Flynn to prison,” she wrote. “The government’s new Supplemental Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing recommends that this Court impose on Mr. Flynn a period of incarceration.”

However, prosecutors insist their new stance on Flynn’s punishment did not recommend to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that the former Defense Intelligence Agency chief be sentenced to prison. They noted that they recommended a sentence in accordance with federal sentencing guidelines that call for between zero and six months in custody.

“As set forth in our submission, we believe that a sentence within the applicable guidelines range — which includes a possible sentence of probation — is appropriate in this case,” prosecutors Brandon Van Grack and Jocelyn Ballantine wrote to defense lawyers Monday. “There appears to be no dispute as to the applicable sentencing range or that a non-incarceratory sentence would be a reasonable sentence within that range.”

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI about his dealings with the Russian ambassador and other diplomats during the presidential transition. Much of the recent strife surrounds an accompanying admission that he submitted false and misleading information to the Justice Department about his lobbying for Turkish interests while he served as an adviser to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

It was unclear from the prosecutors’ letter, which addressed a request to delay the sentencing hearing and future filings in the case, whether the government was aware of Flynn’s plan to seek to formally withdraw his plea.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, which took over the case from Mueller’s office last spring, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Flynn’s latest move.

It was not immediately clear whether Sullivan will agree to put off the scheduled Jan. 28 sentencing, but Flynn’s lawyers asked the judge to postpone it for at least 30 days, until Feb. 27.

“The continuance is requested to allow time for the government to respond to the most recent aspects of this Motion and for Mr. Flynn to provide the additional briefing he needs to protect the record and his constitutional rights in light of significant developments in the last thirty days,” Flynn’s lawyers wrote.

Darren Samuelsohn contributed to this article.

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