A former criminal prosecutor says news reports speculating about Michael Flynn's cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller are being overblown.
A court filing by Mueller states that President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors are recommended no prison time.
Flynn helped the Justice Dept. with "several investigations" and sat for 19 interviews with Mueller's office, The New York Times reported.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with a Russian ambassador.
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend between zero and six months in prison for Flynn, leaving open the possibility of probation, and Mueller's office suggests that Flynn's cooperation merits a sentence at the bottom end of that range.
So what does that mean for Mueller's main target, President Trump?
Abraham Hamilton, a former assistant district attorney who is now general counsel at the American Family Association, says it's important to focus on the sentencing guidelines that are guiding Flynn's fate.
"As a former prosecutor," he tells OneNewsNow, "I can tell you any first-time criminal defender with an offense that has a punishment range of zero to six months in jail, the prospect of jail time for something like that is very minimal."
Flynn, a three-star U.S. Army general, was fired from the Obama administration in 2014 over his unwanted warnings about Islamic terrorism. He began advising Trump's campaign in 2016.
Media reaction suggesting that Flynn must have done "a lot of cooperating" that will hurt Trump, is not realistic, Hamilton says.
"And it really shows," says the former prosecutor, "how much they really want somebody to have something on President Trump."
What is really coming from the Mueller probe, Hamilton adds, is a document that will be politicized by Democrats with cheering from the liberal media.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.