Feds not ready to take sentencing position in Flynn case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say it's too soon to take a position on sentencing for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn because he could still be a defense witness in the upcoming trial of a one-time business partner.

A judge had requested the update from prosecutors in Washington after the Justice Department revealed Tuesday that it no longer intended to call Flynn as a prosecution witness.

That about-face could affect Flynn's punishment, since he had abruptly cut short his sentencing hearing last December for the sole purpose of cooperating in the case of Bijan Kian and earning credit toward a reduced sentence.

In a filing Wednesday, prosecutors said they could not speculate on how the new position would affect their recommendation for Flynn's sentence.