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Michael Flynn's Lawyers And U.S. Government Dispute His Readiness For Sentencing

Attorneys for ex-Trump advisor Michael Flynn are hoping to delay his sentencing, claiming they need more time to review evidence.
Former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn leaves after the delay in  his sentencing hearing at US District Court
Former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn leaves after the delay in his sentencing hearing at US District Court in Washington, DC, December 18, 2018. - President Donald Trump's former national security chief Michael Flynn received a postponement of his sentencing after an angry judge threatened to give him a stiff sentence. Russia collusion investigation head Robert Mueller had proposed Flynn receive no jail time for lying to investigators about his Moscow ties. But Judge Emmet Sullivan said Flynn had behaved in a "traitorous" manner and gave the former three-star general the option of receiving a potentially tough prison sentence now -- or wait until Mueller's investigation was closer to being completed to better demonstrate his cooperation with investigators. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Lawyers for the U.S. government and for Michael Flynn said on Friday they disagree whether Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, is ready to be sentenced for lying about his discussions with a Russian ambassador.

Flynn’s lawyers, who were hired earlier this year, said that they have not had enough time to review the case, and that the government has refused to hand over information they need for his defense, including transcripts and recordings of phone calls supposedly underlying the charges against their client.

Government lawyers, in contrast, said Flynn is ready for sentencing, and proposed that he be sentenced between Oct. 21and 23 or between Nov. 1 and 15.

Both sides agreed that Flynn’s cooperation with various government probes is finished. They made their assessments in a status report filed with the federal court in Washington, D.C.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations the prior December with Sergey Kislyak, who was Russia’s ambassador to the United States, about U.S.sanctions imposed on Moscow by President Barack Obama.

That plea came in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s since-completed probe into Russian interference in the2016 U.S. election.

Lawyers for Flynn asked for 90 days before the next status report.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York. Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Howard Goller)

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