Meadows tells Hannity that Flynn report is 'good news for President Trump'

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Washington in frenzy over release of Mueller report MORE (R-N.C.) is characterizing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's sentencing report on former national security adviser Michael Flynn as "good news for President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE" because "there is no mention of collusion."

"I have looked at this report and, yes, everybody is going to focus on what has been redacted," the conservative lawmaker told Sean Hannity on Fox News late Tuesday. "Let’s look at what is not in there. There is no suggestion that Michael Flynn had anything to do with collusion. He was with the transition team. He was part of the campaign. And, yet, there is no mention of collusion."

"I think it’s good news for President Trump tonight that this is what has come down to," Meadows said. "Even though they said he substantially cooperated, I think he substantially cooperated to say that there was no collusion and we can look at it with that in mind."

The perspective came hours after Mueller said Flynn should not be imprisoned, citing his “substantial assistance” in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Federal sentencing guidelines state that Flynn, a former three-star general who also served in the Obama administration, be sentenced to anywhere between no time to six months in prison and face up to a $9,500 fine.

Hannity, a staunch supporter of the president, called Mueller's treatment of Flynn "a sad and pathetic moment."

"This is how America’s going to treat a military hero?" Hannity asked during his opening monologue before the Meadows interview. "This is a sad and pathetic moment for not only the special counsel, but for the country."