>> A federal judge throwing Washington a curve on Tuesday, at what was supposed to be the sentencing for President Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked the judge not to sentence Flynn to prison due to his help with the probe. Since Flynn pleaded guilty a year ago to lying about a conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
>> You go to jail.>> But on Tuesday, Judge Emmet Sullivan had other ideas. Sullivan told Flynn in court that, quote, arguably you sold your country out for lying to Trump's White House, as well as the FBI about that conversation. Noting that Flynn also was working as a secret lobbyist for Turkey while he worked on Trump's election team.
Now, Flynn to spend more time cooperating with Robert Mueller's Russia probe before he finds out whether or not he'll go to prison. Reporter Ginger Gibson was in the packed federal courtroom.>> Many of us there were shocked. It was supposed to be a quick sentencing in which Michael Flynn would be given a light sentence in exchange for his guilty plea.
When instead it went on for two hours with Judge Sullivan admonishing Flynn for what he called serious crimes, suggested that he might be facing prison time and, at one point, questioning prosecutors as to whether or not he could have been tried for treason.>> Harsh words for a former three star general who played a prominent role in Trump's campaign.
>> Lock her up.>> Flynn told the judge he knew that lying to the FBI was a crime. Clarifying that he wasn't tricked into making false statements, undercutting conservative critics who have argued that Mueller's investigation is overstepping its bounds. Some Trump supporters rallying outside the courthouse.>> We support General Flynn.
>> Many of those in the courtroom were Flynn supporters that had arrived to show their backing of him after he has become sort of a right-wing media darling. There appeared to be a look of shock on many of their faces that it hadn't gone the way everyone expected and then instead Flynn could be looking at some serious repercussions.
>> The judge told both sides in the case to report back in March. That's plenty of time for Flynn to tell Muller more of what he knows.