Rivaling chants of 'USA,' 'lock him up' greet Flynn after sentencing hearing

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was met with rivaling chants of "USA" and "lock him up" as he left a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday after a judge delayed his sentencing for lying to FBI agents. 

Some people outside the courthouse shouted "lock him up" repeatedly while others chanted "USA" as Flynn was led to a car, according to video posted online. 

Flynn had led a chant of “lock her up” in reference to former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention in 2016.

He faced similar "lock him up" chants from protesters after attending a status hearing as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's probe in July.


The episode on Tuesday occurred just after a federal judge denounced Flynn for committing a “serious offense” by lying to the FBI about his discussions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 

"This is a very serious offense,” U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said. “A high ranking senior official of the government making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House.”

Sullivan later asked Flynn and his legal team if they would like to delay his sentencing until after his cooperation with Mueller is complete. Flynn's attorney agreed to the offer after a short recess. 

Flynn was in court on Tuesday for one count of making false statements to the FBI. Flynn pleaded guilty to the charge in 2017 as part of a deal to cooperate in Mueller’s investigation into Russia's election interference. 

Mueller's team had recommended a lenient sentence for Flynn due to his “substantial assistance” in its investigation.