As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is relaxed and hopeful even as the possibility of prison looms when he’s sentenced in the Russia probe next week.

People close to Flynn tell The Associated Press he has been relaxing with friends at events such as an Elton John concert. At a recent Boston Celtics game, strangers approached him to shake his hand and get photos.

His supporters plan a rally the day he’s sentenced Tuesday, and a lucrative consulting gig could await him.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that Flynn was given a great deal because the special counsel was “embarrassed by the way he was treated.”

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States. His lawyers requested probation, not prison.

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