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Judge blasts Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI

WASHINGTON - Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, was excoriated by a federal judge Tuesday for lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia's ambassador after the 2016 election.

Saying he was not "hiding my disgust, my disdain" for Flynn's crime, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ripped into the retired three-star Army general in a blistering rebuke from the bench.

Noting that Flynn was an unregistered agent of a foreign country - Turkey - while in the White House, the judge angrily pointed to the furled U.S. flag in his courtroom.

"Arguably, that undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out!" Sullivan said. "All along you were an unregistered agent of

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