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Michael Flynn blasted by judge for lying to the FBI: ‘You sold your country out’

December 18, 2018

Judge Emmet Sullivan repeatedly asked the president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn if he wants to reconsider his guilty plea on Tuesday ahead of his sentencing.

Despite prosecutors asking for no jail time, citing Flynn’s cooperation with the special counsel, the judge hasn’t signaled he will go along with the recommendation.

Instead, the Clinton appointee told Flynn, “You sold your country out.”

The judge pointed to a flag in the courtroom saying, Flynn’s “crime undermines everything this flag over here stands for.”

Flynn is charged with lying to federal investigators about his conversations with former Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Judge Sullivan said Flynn’s dishonesty caused Vice President Mike Pence and the White House press secretary to repeat lies to the American people.

He gave the former army lieutenant general time to confer with his attorneys during a brief recess. They are expected to return back in court this afternoon.

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