“Due to the status of the investigation, the Special Counsel’s Office does not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time,” Mueller’s team wrote in a joint court filing with Flynn’s defense team.
The court asked for an update on a sentencing timeline for Flynn by Aug. 24, but the parties asked for that date to be pushed back to Sept. 17. Mueller’s team previously asked for a delay in sentencing at the end of June.
Tuesday’s filing indicates that Mueller’s team could believe Flynn has more information that is useful to the investigation, or that sentencing hearings might reveal parts of the investigation that Mueller would like to keep under wraps.
It follows the special counsel’s recommendation on Friday that another cooperating witness, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, serve up to six months in prison for repeatedly lying to investigators and impeding the investigation.
The Flynn request comes on the same day a Virginia jury finds former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud and hiding a foreign bank account and the president's former longtime personal attorney pleads guilty to eight counts of tax and bank fraud and committing campaign finance violations.