Mueller again asks for delay in Flynn sentencing

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is again asking for a delay in the sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to court documents filed Friday.

The special counsel and attorneys for Flynn are asking for two more months before scheduling his sentencing, requesting to file another status report by Aug. 24.

“Due to the status of the Special Counsel’s investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time,” states a joint status report filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

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This is the third time that prosecutors have asked to delay sentencing for Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December to lying to FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Flynn worked on the Trump campaign during the race and briefly served as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's national security adviser before being fired after misleading senior White House officials about his Russian contacts.

According to prosecutors, Flynn lied to FBI officials about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. As part of his guilty plea, Flynn has been cooperating with Mueller’s team.

Other individuals linked to Trump have been ensnared in Mueller’s investigation, though Flynn is far and away the closest individual to the president to have pleaded guilty or been indicted by the special counsel.

Flynn was ousted as national security adviser in February 2017 after it was revealed that he lied to White House officials — including Vice President Pence — about his conversations with Kislyak the previous December, saying the two did not discuss Russia sanctions.

Trump's actions surrounding Flynn have been the subject of intense scrutiny. Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe's 25th Amendment comments 'taken out of context,' spokeswoman says Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump Ex-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ MORE testified to Congress last summer that Trump directed him to “let go” of the investigation into Flynn — an accusation the president has denied.