The Department of Justice originally requested a probationary period for its collaboration with investigators, but urged a Washington judge on January 7 to convict him of six months in prison for apparently not repenting his crimes. But Sullivan instead gave Flynn the option of delaying the sentencing to allow him to fully cooperate with pending investigations.
In the court papers, Mr Flynn's lawyers said the Justice Department was attempting to "rewrite history" by withdrawing its recommendation that he receive probation, and by suggesting he had not been forthcoming or cooperative with the investigation.
Representatives of Mr. Flynn argued that federal prosecutors had acted in "bad faith" and had broken their agreement with him. Mr. Flynn has cooperated with the government in good faith for two years.More news: A Quick Run Through on CME Bitcoin Option Go
"The sworn statements of Mr. Flynn and his former counsel belie his new claims of innocence and his new assertions that he was pressured into pleading guilty", Sullivan wrote in his December 16 opinion.
"He endured massive, unnecessary and frankly counterproductive demands regarding his time, family, limited resources and life". After pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition between Barack Obama and Trump, he went on to provide extensive information to federal prosecutors in exchange for leniency.
"The same can not be said of the prosecution, which has acted in bad faith since the start of the" investigation "and continues unabated through this specious pursuit".More news: Barcelona tops soccer's Money League
"Far from accepting the consequences of his unlawful actions, he has sought to blame nearly every other person and entity involved in his case, including his former counsel", prosecutors wrote in a document filed last week. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.
She also requested "a continuance of the sentencing date set for January 28, 2020, for thirty days or until February 27, 2020, or such other subsequent day that is convenient to the Court and counsel, and a corresponding extension of time to file any supplemental sentencing memorandum (from January 22, 2020, to February 21, 2020)". Flynn's lawyers rejected the government's characterization in their new filing.More news: Microsoft fixes Windows crypto bug reported by the NSA