Washington – Mueller Recommends No Prison For Flynn Citing Substantial Assistance In Russia Probe


     Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, walks into the Federal courthouse in Washington, DC, USA, 10 July 2018. EPAWashington – President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation as “substantial.”

    The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn’s assistance in the Russia investigation, including that he participated in 19 interviews with prosecutors and cooperated extensively in a separate and undisclosed criminal probe.

    It was filed two weeks ahead of Flynn’s sentencing and just over a year after he became the first of five Trump associates to accept responsibility by pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

    Though prosecutors withheld specific details of Flynn’s cooperation because of ongoing investigations, their filing nonetheless underscores the breadth of information Mueller has obtained from people close to Trump as the president increasingly vents his anger at the probe — and those who cooperate with it.

    This week, Trump lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up “stories” to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress. Trump also praised longtime confidante Roger Stone for saying he would “never testify against Trump,” adding in his tweet, “Nice to know some people still have ‘guts!'”

    It’s unclear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, whom Trump grew close to during the 2016 campaign and who has drawn the president’s sympathy since he came under investigation.

    Trump has repeatedly lamented how Flynn’s life has been destroyed by the special counsel’s probe. At one point, he tried to protect Flynn by asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his alleged false statements, according to a memo Comey wrote after the February 2017 encounter.

    That episode, which Trump has denied, is among those under scrutiny by Mueller as he probes whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russia investigation.

    Federal sentencing guidelines recommend between zero and six months in prison for Flynn, leaving open the possibility of probation.

    Mueller’s office said Flynn’s cooperation merits a sentence at the bottom end of that range. But prosecutors also say the long military and government service that sets him apart from all other defendants in the investigation makes his deception even more troublesome.

    “Senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards,” they wrote. “The defendant’s extensive government service should have made him particularly aware of the harm caused by providing false information to the government, as well as the rules governing work performed on behalf of a foreign government.”

    Flynn’s case has stood apart from those of other Trump associates, who have aggressively criticized the investigation, sought to undermine it and, in some cases, been accused of lying even after agreeing to cooperate.

    Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, stands accused of repeatedly lying to investigators since his guilty plea last September. Another Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, is serving a 14-day prison sentence and, though he pleaded guilty to the same crime as Flynn, was denied probation because prosecutors said his cooperation is lacking.

    But Flynn has largely remained out of the public eye, appearing only a handful of times in media interviews or campaign events, and dutifully avoided criticizing the Mueller probe despite widespread encouragement from his supporters to go on the offensive. He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

    Flynn’s false statements stemmed from a Jan. 24, 2017, interview with the FBI about his and others’ interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s then-ambassador to the U.S., as the Obama administration was levying sanctions on the Kremlin in response to election interference.

    In Tuesday’s filing, Mueller’s office blamed Flynn for other senior Trump transition officials making misleading public statements about his contacts with Russia, an assertion that matches the White House’s explanation of Flynn’s firing.

    “Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions,” the filing said.

    As part of his plea deal, Flynn said members of Trump’s inner circle, including his son-in-law and White House aide Jared Kushner, were involved in — and at times directing — his actions in the weeks before Trump took office.

    According to court papers, in mid-December 2016, Kushner directed Flynn to reach out to several countries, including Russia, about a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements. During those conversations with Kislyak, Flynn asked Russia to delay or vote against the resolution, a request the Kremlin ultimately rejected.

    Flynn also admitted that later in December 2016 he asked Kislyak not to retaliate in response to the Obama administration sanctions, something he initially told FBI agents he didn’t do. Flynn made the request after discussing it with deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, and being told that Trump’s transition team did not want Russia to escalate the situation.

    Flynn was forced to resign his post on Feb. 13, 2017, after news reports revealed that Obama administration officials had warned the Trump White House about Flynn’s false statements. The White House has said Flynn misled officials— including Vice President Mike Pence — about the content of his conversations.

    Flynn also admitted to making false statements about unregistered foreign agent work he performed for the benefit of the Turkish government. Flynn was under investigation by the Justice Department for the work when he became national security adviser.

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      • Muellers public praise of Flynn certainly points to there bring “…many more shoes to drop…” in the probe of Russian election interference.

        “Mueller still has many more revelations to drop, and they’re going to land hard.” Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig

        “…the memo itself is kind of a dud…but only because all the good stuff is redacted.” Former Whitewater investigator and white-collar attorney Sol Wisenberg.

        “No valuable information…” Archy

        Got love ole Uneducated…he has yet to meet either fact or argument that can dent his adoration for his Fuhrer.

    1. It’s clear that Flynn provided valuable verifiable information to the Mueller team. With so much redacted on the document asking for no jail time neither we nor Trump don’t know what he provided.
      I’m certain that Trump is worried.

          • Nope no they won’t. Because russian interference is not illegal mr so called “lawyer”. They may go to jail for financial stuff , obstruction, lying but not for the fake collusion crime. Those other stuff are all gottcha stuff and fake charges.

            And lets face it, Mueller was hired to get Trump out of office. Don’t kid yourself. they want the big prize. They don’t really care if manafort , Stone ,cohen etc… all get locked up. They want Donald. They maybe somewhat satisfied with Kushner and JR because its a way to stick it to the president. But they want Donald.

            • Russian interference is illegal if you solicit it or knowingly collaborate with the Russian interference. Also, conspiracy to hack and fraud upon the U.S. are crimes, the latter being a serious felony.

              Section 30121 of Title 52, makes it a crime for any foreigner to contribute or donate money or some “other thing of value” in connection with an American election, or for anyone to solicit a foreigner to do so.

              If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

              If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.

              (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 701; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

        • ” 4-8 ” The longer he stays the more damage to Israel. “Nothing wrong with asking Russia” could soon become “Nothing wrong with asking and cooperating with Iran “when the next POTUS will be a progressive Democrat. Obamas Iran Deal could easily turn to a Trump like Saudi deal where business is business . Thanks to Trump we already have Palestinians in Congress. It didn’t happen under Obama. Remember after Nixon we got Jimmy Carter. The longer Trump is POTUS the higher chances of a Reverend Al. Sharpton or similar widely respected Democrat will be the next POTUS.

          • Its trump’s fault that we have a Palestinian in office? What a weird kruma way of thinking.

            Russia is our ally. Iran is our enemy. We won’t have a presdient cooperating with Iran. I am not worried.

            Besides when Clinton mished arin in Israel and knocked Bibi out of office , where you worried about that too?

            Nixon resigned and brought shame. trump won’t resign. Plus we need to vote for the best leader now. We can’t worry that maybe he will be too good to the jews and cause a backlash the other way

        • Under Trumps Presidency most Americans wish for the days of Bush.(The Democrats hated him, that’s how we got Obama elected) I am afraid the Democrat who comes after Trump will make the biggest Obama hater here wish for Obama.

            • I like both Obama and Clinton. They both INCREASED the Stocks app. 300% each. Clinton is the only POTUS in the last 50 Year who balanced the budget. (he had a frumm Secy Treasury) Nixon, Bush was a disaster. Trump looks like the same (Its not over yet, will see) Stocks are going down and he will likely be impeached. He will either resign or give the Dems the next Election like never before. The Midterm was already the largest % of dems voters win in 100 years. McCain lost to Obama not because Obama was that great. It had to do with Bush. Same now. Anyone who the dems nominate can beat Trump big time. Anyone even the 24 year old waitress.

    2. This is not going to be an impeachment issue. This is more relevant to Trump Jr., Kushner and perhaps Manafort.

      This is going to be painful in ways that can’t be predicted. Personally, I think Trump Jr. Needs a pass. He was in over his head.

    3. All that redacted stuff is probably how Russia compromised Flynn when he was there. Knowing how the Russians operate, a lot of sordid stuff was blacked out to save Flynn the embarrassment to himself and his family. I have a feeling it’s gonna be much worse when the whole thing leaks out.


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