: Donald Trump has wished Michael Flynn, his first national security secretary, good luck just hours before Flynn is due to be sentenced for lying to federal investigators about his conversations with a Russian ambassador.
Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn, Trump tweeted. Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!
Special counsel Robert Mueller, with whom Flynn struck a plea deal and cooperated in 19 interviews over one year, is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.
Appearing relaxed, Flynn entered the federal courthouse in Washington DC at about 10am as a line of media, lawyers and observers awaited admittance to courtroom 24 for the sentencing hearing.
Flynn is scheduled to be the first former White House aide to be sentenced in the Russia investigation. Former Trump aide Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison last week, while former aide Paul Manafort awaits sentencing on felony fraud and money laundering charges. Sentencing guidelines recommend a maximum of six months for Flynn.
As part of his plea deal, Flynn admitted he had lied to FBI agents about discussing US sanctions on Russia with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the time, during the presidential transition. Flynn also denied conversations he had with Kislyak about a UN security council resolution condemning Israel.