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    Michael Flynn became one of the first top-ranking administration officials to be charged as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

    US federal prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence Michael Flynn, retired US general and former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump, to up to six months in prison.

    "Given the serious nature of the defendant's offense, his apparent failure to accept responsibility, his failure to complete his cooperation in - and his affirmative efforts to undermine - the prosecution of Bijan Rafiekian [Flynn's lobbying associate], and the need to promote respect for the law and adequately deter such criminal conduct, the government recommends that the court sentence the defendant within the applicable Guidelines range of 0 to 6 months of incarceration", court documents say.

    The sentencing is scheduled to take place on 28 January, while Flynn's lawyers have until 13 January to respond.

    Flynn pleaded guilty on December 1, 2017, to lying to the FBI about his post-election contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

    The retired general became one of the first top-ranking administration officials to be charged as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

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