In a memo released Tuesday, Robert Mueller recommended a lenient sentence, with no jail time, for former national security advisor Michael Flynn because of the "substantial" help he's provided investigators.
“Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range, including a sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration – is appropriate and warranted," the memo states, Fox News reported.
According to the memo, Flynn's cooperation might have inspired others to cooperate as well, The New York Times reported.
"The defendant’s decision to plead guilty and cooperate likely affected the decisions of related firsthand witnesses to be forthcoming,” the memo said. “The defendant deserves credit for accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government."
The memo doesn't provide any insights into what Flynn told Mueller. It did, however, note that Flynn provided "communications and documents" about his time in the Trump administration.
An addendum was added to the memo to detail what investigations Flynn has helped out with:
"The defendant provided firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials. For example, after the election, the defendant communicated with the Russian ambassador to the United States as a representative of the transition team on two sensitive matters: a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution calling for Israel to cease settlement activities in Palestinian territory and the Obama Administration’s imposition of sanctions and other measures on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election," the addendum says. "Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions."
Flynn took part in 19 interviews with Mueller's team.