10 Jul 2018

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What does "strode in and walked back out"(4th paragraph) mean?
Does it mean:
Flynn strode into the courthouse and walked out from the back door??
Flynn strode into the courthouse and then walked out from it, coming back to a smattering of protesters??
Something else?

Flynn pleaded guilty in December to making false statements to investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Charging documents allege he lied twice about his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on behalf of Trump transition officials.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but prosecutors could recommend a no-jail sentence in exchange for his cooperation in the Russia probe.

Tuesday's hearing was scheduled by the judge, who explained that he felt "a level of discomfort" at not meeting Flynn before sentencing.

A smattering of protesters in support and in opposition to Flynn gathered outside the Washington federal courthouse for the brief conference. Flynn strode in and walked back out without any comment.

In March, Flynn made his first public appearance since his guilty plea, campaigning for a Republican congressional candidate challenging Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who is one of Trump's constant targets.

He was fired by Trump as national security advisor after just 24 days on the job because, according to the White House, he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kremlin diplomats.

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